Fire and water

Obama State of the Union
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Sloan, Pool)

President Obama seasoned his 6,500-word State of the Union address/laundry list of federal stimuli with oratory that sometimes soared. His "they deserve a vote" riffery on behalf of Newtown massacre and other gun violence victims was moving and memorable.

But Republican reactions were forgettable and oddly...parched.

Sweaty, would-be GOP savior Marco Rubio's penchant for thirst-quenching during his SOTU response?

And that Republican hack who brought a dried-up rocker and firearms fetishist as his date?

Bad, bad optics.

But the evening's un-congeniality prize surely goes to House Speaker John Boehner, whose tone-deaf sitdown during the standing ovation for venerable voter Desiline Victor was worthy of Chris Brown.

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