Unlike in Washington's farewell, Barack Obama's "applause" is always a parenthesis.
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 24, 2012
Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address
United States Capitol
9:10 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought — and several thousand gave their lives.
We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world. (Applause.) Continue reading