Defining moments in the history of the State of the Union Address

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014 11:30 p.m. MST

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Rep. Michelle Bachmann gave the first official tea party response sponsored by the Tea Party Express in 2011, and it was generally poorly received. While some, such as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, criticized Bachmann’s aggression during a time of (what seemed to be) relative party reconciliation, most were more concerned with the representative’s presentation.

Bachmann seemed to struggle while reading what most assumed to be her cue cards, and her eyes were fixed on something other than the camera filming her. Though Bachmann said at the time that her response was in no way supposed to suggest a division within the Republican Party, the tradition has not only carried on but led to even more responses from an increasingly divided conservative movement.

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Oh, now it makes sense. I thought you were going to find 15 points in this last SOTU speech that anyone would remember.

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