See, once upon a time, the State of the Union was sent to Congress as a written report. The Congresscritters could just read the president's remarks on their own time. It took the power of radio and, especially, television to harness the true power of the PR machine that the SotU has become.
So when I watched the president's cabinet members walk down the aisle, and then the members of the Supreme Court, and then finally the President, with his working of the congressional crowd as he made his way to the podium, it struck me: no matter what political party these people belong to, they see this night as a way to flex their power; to show everyone that they are the elite, and to, as Kate Winslet's character says of the cigar-smoking titans on the Titanic, congratulate themselves on being masters of the universe.
The one thing I was looking forward to with this speech was seeing the disproportionately-sized Republican side of the chamber, and then the Squishes from the Republican party, led by that idiot John McCain, managed to ruin that with their date night with the Democrats.
Oh, and the speech? Just more of Obama pushing his BS green and health care agendas. Yawn.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson