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

2. The Preacher Voice

3. The Ceiling Point


4. The Bleacher-Seat Acknowledgment

5. The Silent Treatment


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

7. The Handshake(s)


8. The Warm Greeting With Supporters

9. The FLOTUS Compliment

10. The Uncomfortable John Boehner Greeting


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

12. The Small-Town-America Friend Reference

And hopefully this: