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2013 State of the Union reaction tweets

By Langston Curtis, Social Media Staff

@Langston_Curtis

In his State of the Union Address tonight, Obama may have reignited the sense of optimism that lead him to be elected for 2 terms. A Twitter user reacts to the speech/IMAGE VIA Twitter and Storify user @GbengaOfemi

In his State of the Union Address tonight, Obama may have reignited a sense of optimism. A Twitter user reacts to the speech/IMAGE VIA Twitter and Storify user @GbengaOfemi

The nation tuned in tonight to watch President Obama deliver his 2013 State of the Union address. Here are some of the observations I made as a viewer.

President Obama appears to have regained some of that contagious optimism that catapulted him into the Presidency four years ago.

The President made an aggressive push for a variety of new liberal social service programs, such as a promise that all American children will be provided with a quality pre-school education, enticing fiscal conservatives with the results of a study showing that every dollar spent on a persons early childhood education will correlate to an additional seven dollars in economic productivity during adulthood.

A Twitter user's reaction to Obama's demands of Congress. IMAGE VIA Twitter and Storify user @AishaS

A Twitter user’s reaction to Obama’s demands of Congress. IMAGE VIA Twitter and Storify user @AishaS

President Obama made a passionate demand to the assembled legislators that they act on proposed federal gun control laws. His emotionally charged appeal, laced with the personal stories of parents who lost their daughter, and a police officer who was shot twelve times by a madman on a killing spree resonated as the most powerful moment of the evening. This storngly supported his demand to legislators to work together to at least attempt to stop such senseless violence.

Supporters and skeptics alike took to Twitter to offer their opinions. Apparently, in droves. According to Twitter’s Government and Politics Team, the Twitter-sphere exploded with 1.36 million tweets referencing the State of the Union and the speech’s official hashtag, #SOTU. What could all those people have to say about the Statue of the Union address? Well, I have compiled some interesting, funny and strange tweets for you here.

Twitter's Government and Politics team, tweeted this graphic showing the surge of SOTU-related tweets after the State of the Union address concluded/ IMAGE VIA Storify and Twitter user @gov

Twitter’s Government and Politics team tweeted this graphic showing the surge of SOTU-related tweets after the State of the Union address concluded/ IMAGE VIA Storify and Twitter user @gov