The State of the Union speeches can sometimes be tedious and predictable. There will be the long list of achievements that the President wants to highlight, coupled by an even longer laundry list of things he wants to Congress to act on. They’re full of soaring rhetoric, with each president making an obvious effort to get in that one, memorable line that will be quoted ad nauseam later that night and the next day. This year however, with President Trump, things promise to be a little more entertaining. When Trump speaks, you can never be quite sure what you’re going to get. Still, there will be the usual SOTU trope: The long introduction with the President working the reception line, the call outs by the President to guests in the chamber who he thinks personify a certain virtue, or a the need for a certain pet program. The camera will inevitably cut to shots of some general or admiral when the talk turns to defense, the Supreme Court when a decision of theirs is mentioned, or the relevant cabinet secretary, whenever the speech refers to something they’ve or their department have done or might do.
Whether boring or not, make the address even more interesting by playing the State of the Union Drinking Game:
The rules are simple: Every time during the address the President utters one of the designated words or phrases, or anytime one of a few select events happen, you take a drink of your favorite adult beverage. You must of course, be of legal drinking age to play, unless your favorite adult beverage is non-alcoholic, in that case…you’ll probably make yourself sick either way!
Take a sip anytime any President Trump says one of the magic words or phrases:
- Fake News
- Obstruction, obstructionism
- Leading from behind
- America First
…Or each time any of the following happen:
A member of the audience is recognized by the President.
The camera cuts to the Supreme Court Justices (take an extra sip if any of them are asleep)
The camera cuts to Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi for a reaction shot.
Chants of “USA! USA!” breaks out.