Obama's Most Memorable

State of the
Union Moments

With President Obama's final State of the Union address upon us, it’s worth looking back at some historic and memorable moments from his past speeches. He’s made powerful comments on gay marriage and pleaded for gun reform. He honored Gabrielle Giffords as she recovered from a gunshot to the head and put Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to sleep. Here are some of the highlights from Obama’s prior addresses to Congress.


Gabby Gifford's Appearance, 2012

One year after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents, she embraces President Barack Obama before his State of the Union address in 2012, the year of her retirement.

Emotional Tribute to Giffords

"I have no more campaigns to run," 2015

Some in the crowd applaud when President Obama says he has no more campaigns to run but he replies with a quick come-back: "I have no more campaigns to run -- I know because I won both of them."


Sleepy Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2010

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appears to nod off multiple times as President Barack Obama speaks during the 2010 address. She does this in 2015, too. Her explaination: apparently she "wasn't 100 percent sober," she said. At dinner beforehand with Justice Anthony Kennedy she couldnt resist the California wine. Oops.

Ginsburg: Supreme Court Needs Another Woman


Obama and Gay Marriage, 2015

President Obama had triumphant words on gay marriage in 2015: "I've seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal instates that seven in 10 Americans call home."

LGBT Groups Praise Obama's "Historic" State of the Union Mention


Army Ranger Special Guest, 2014

Army Ranger Sgt.1st Class Cory Remsburg gives a thumbs up as he recieves a standing ovation during the 2014 State of the Union. Remsburg was injured in Afghanistan and attended as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama.

Army Ranger Honored During State of the Union Address

'You Lie!', 2009

Rep. Joe Wilson interrupted Obama and shouted 'You lie!' as Obama was saying healthcare reform would not cover illegal immigrants.

Obama Accepts Apology of Rep. Who Shouted "You Lie!"


John Boehner's Facial Expressions, 2013

While House Speaker John Boehner often kept a straight face during President Obama's State of the Union speeches, he ocasionally grimaced for all the cameras to see when he heard something he didn't like.

First Use of the Word "Transgender," 2015

President Obama was the first president to ever use the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address.

First Openly Transgender Official Hired at White House