12 Guaranteed Obama-isms You’ll Notice at the State of the Union

Obama-isms make watching the presidential address that much more fun. 

President Barack Obama winks as he tells a joke about his place of birth during the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2012.

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The State of the Union is a big deal for obvious reasons—but we won’t just be watching to hear about President Barack Obama’s latest proposals. Obama’s patented speechmaking mannerisms make watching the SOTU all the more fun. So we’ve gathered a list of our favorite Obama-isms that you’re most likely to catch Tuesday night.

1. The Smile

President Obama during the 36th annual National Italian American Foundation Gala in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2011

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2. The Preacher Voice

3. The Ceiling Point

President Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner, delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011.

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4. The Bleacher-Seat Acknowledgment

President Obama at a campaign event on the College of Fine Arts Lawn at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh,July 5, 2012

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5. The Silent Treatment


6. The “Folks” Reference ... at Least 10 Times


Transcript of the “Statement by the President on the Affordable Care Act,” Nov. 14, 2013, in which “folks” was mentioned 27 times.

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7. The Handshake(s)


8. The Warm Greeting With Supporters


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9. The FLOTUS Compliment

10. The Uncomfortable John Boehner Greeting

President Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner after delivering his State of the Union address  at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013.

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11. The “Now, Let Me Be Clear ... ” Comment

12. The Small-Town-America Friend Reference

And hopefully this: