There were 6,493 words in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in the copy published by the White House before the speech. But eight words, unscripted and delivered off the cuff by the president, were arguably the most memorable.
Speaking about his second-term agenda, Obama remarked, "I have no more campaigns to run," which met with applause from the Republican side of the aisle. Obama turned and quipped, "I know because I won both of them" — a line that was not in the remarks prepared for delivery.
"I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I won both of them.” —President Obama #SOTU
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 21, 2015
The presidential zinger immediately lit up Twitter, with thousands of users hailing Obama's "sick burn."
President of the United States of SICK BURNS. https://t.co/GOm87rCcT3
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 21, 2015
Obama's sick burn that everyone will be calling a 'sick burn' so watch this video so you know what's going on: http://t.co/FV7MTkXZet
— Digg (@digg) January 21, 2015
"I know because I won both of them" pic.twitter.com/lnNDgO8RDh
— Jason Gallagher (@jga41agher) January 21, 2015
— Davon Magwood (@davonmagwood) January 21, 2015
According to Twitter, the line generated the most tweets per minute during both the State of the Union address and Sen. Joni Ernst's Republican response — a rebuttal that sparked its own "bread bag" meme.
The State of the Union alone generated more than 2.6 million tweets, Twitter said.
Of course, not everyone cared about Obama's mic drop.
Swing voters who watched speech didn't care about "sick burn" or failure to talk about 2014 elections: http://t.co/HWc5slu0VN
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 21, 2015