"He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."-- U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section III

"Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States..."

The general rules of this game are no different from any other drinking game. A drink is either a shot or a good gulp from a beer (or cider). Different events call for different numbers of drinks and all you do is watch the speech and play along. If all goes well, you'll be unconscious by the time they show the other party's response.


State of the Union Address Drinking Game | Promote Your Page Too

GAME TIME

This year, President Obama's State of the Union address is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9pm (Eastern). It should be broadcast on all major networks and cable news/political netorks. For online coverage, go to http://www.c-span.org/sotu/.

EVENT

# of Drinks

Every time he says....


General Blather

"The state of our union is strong" (or some version of this)

1

hope

1 wishful wistful shot

change
1
"hopeful audacity of yes we can change"
sip of unicorn wine
progress

1

"let me be clear"

1

"make no mistake"

1

Foreign Policy

Iraq
1 advisory shot
Afghanistan
1

Iran

<yawn> 1

Cuba
shot of something red
North Korea
Soju or
shot of something short and crazy
Syria 1 repressive shot
Bibi (as in Netanyahu)
1 of Sabra
Pope Francis
1, transubstantiated
nuclear
1
+1 if he goes with W's "nukular"

Domestic Policy

health care

shot of NyQuil
just kidding - you'd be out for the rest of the week

healthcare.gov

1 shot of something bronze, silver or gold that you can buy three months after the liquor store proprietor put out an "open for business" sign

"childhood education"

juice box

"Expeditionary Learning"
(SOTU connection)

Honor the moment by sharing butterfly juice with your crew and lift up warm feedback in your field journal

"fair share"

take a "fair share" of your neighbor's drink

"common sense measures"

1, make sure to measure it out first

debt

borrow a shot from a friend, promise you'll really pay it back this time

deficit

finish your drink; borrow the drink of the person next to you and drink it too

investment
in reference to government spending

1

investment
in reference to individual discretionary financial decisions

hide your shot under your bed; drink it the next time the Dow drops 100 points

unemployment
1
jobs

1
+1 if you've been unemployed in the last year
+2 if you're unemployed today (we've been there)

opportunity
1
future
Aurora shot or
something equally futuristic
poor
Natty Light
"middle class"
Rolling Rock
"wealthiest Americans"
Goldschlager
(it's got actual gold flakes)
recovery <chuckle> small 1
infrastructure
1
NSA
surreptitiously take a sip from someone else's drink
guns
shotgun a beer
assault weapons
keep taking shots until you run out of ammo...err...booze
background check
1, after 3-day waiting period
marijuana
Consume something that is not "more dangerous than alcohol." Use your discretion if you live outside of Colorado and Washington
drone
1, poured without warning from midair

"Don't mess with Texas!" (Sure it's a non-sequitur, but why break tradition?)

Exchange confused glances, drink freely

Reform
Healthcare __
1 of something with tonic
Immigration __
1 of something imported
Education __
1 of whatever you drank in college
Banking __
1 of something from Banker's Club
Tax __
1 of something complicated
__ Judaism
1 of Manichewitz... or He'Brew

Every time he....

refers to the minimum wage increase

very small shot, then slightly larger shot

refers to a tax increase as "asking" some to pay more
2
criticizes Congress

1

references the revival of the US auto industry

1 sip of something imported (irony!)

talks about American "competitiveness" in reference to jobs
1
adds a color qualifier to jobs (e.g., green jobs or blue collar jobs)
1 drink of the same color
references streamlining or reducing unnecessary regulation
streamline the contents of your glass into your mouth
uses an anecdote to defend a policy
1 for health care reform
2 for anything else
makes a joke
If you only know it's a joke because Obama laughed at it himself
1
+1
sets a long-term objective or vision to be met after his current term is up
shot of what you'd like to be drinking in 2022 and beyond

Every time the camera shows....

the First Lady

1

the First Lady's arms

1, delivered by bicep curl

Joe Biden, and he looks like he wants to interrupt the speech 1

your congressional representative

1
and pat yourself on the back for being able to identify your representative

a close-up on Speaker John Boehner

1
+1 if he's crying
best if drinking the most bronzed or orange beverage available

a "special guest" who is introduced by the President

1

a "special guest" who is a member of the armed forces
1

a standing ovation from HALF of Congress

1

Other

if the speech is under an hour

Finish your drink and have another beer

REPUBLICAN RESPONSE BONUS GAME

socialism/ist; communism/ist

1 shot of something red, drunk with your left hand

wasteful spending

1

 

Reactions from those who've played in the past:
"Oh, God. I wouldn't remember a lot of last night had I not been online, too. And had "friends" print out a transcript. I couldn't feel my face...that was the most hilarious thing I've ever seen."
"[This game] is a danger... holy s**t. 5 beers in a half hour and I'm *behind*. BEHIND....Damn you!...*shakes fist*
"
"25 minute into speech and slipping beneath tabl3, thanks for great game. Sent out ot F&F cros country and feed(drink?)back very [positive. Sorry about what spel chk did not catch, you inderstand tho'."

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