The annual State of the Union address is the president's greatest opportunity to set his agenda each year. It's also a great time for memorable moments, both scripted and spontaneous.
On Tuesday night, President Obama’s singling out of Afghanistan veteran Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg elicited one of the longest standing ovations in the modern history of State of the Union addresses, lasting nearly two full minutes.
Not since President George W. Bush’s first address following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has there been such a sustained show of bipartisan adulation.
The president met Remsburg in 2009 while at Omaha Beach in France for the 65th anniversary of D-Day. A few months later, the Army Ranger was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, which left him in a monthlong coma. He's now blind in one eye and is partially paralyzed but has relearned to walk and talk.
“My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy,” Obama said. “OurRead More »from Cory Remsburg, John Boehner and 'Mad Men': Buzzy moments from the State of the Union