What you need to know if you slept through the State of the Union


President Obama takes the podium to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill on Jan. 28. Vice President Biden and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stand behind the president. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Watch cable television or take a nap during last night's State of the Union address? (We wouldn't blame you — even Harry Reid has done it.)  No worries — PostTV asked senators and representatives to sum up the speech in one word. Disappointing, meh, and "on-the-money" (Nope, Alan Grayson, that's not one word, even with hyphens) make an appearance. In fact, many members of Congress had trouble keeping their response to one word. One South Carolina representative instead decided to offer the word Obama wouldn't use: Benghazi.

From "belligerent" to "inspiring," lawmakers on both sides of the aisle break down President Obama's State of the Union address. (The Washington Post)

If you want to watch the State of the Union or the many Republican responses in full, below is video footage for each.

President Obama's 2014 State of the Union

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night on Capitol Hill. (The Associated Press)

Prefer reading the speech? Here's the transcript.

The Washington Post's White House reporter sums up the speech thusly: "This wasn’t the presidency Barack Obama had in mind after winning his historic election five years ago. But it is the one he believes he has left."

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers's GOP rebuttal

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) delivers the GOP rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address. (The Washington Post)

Here's the transcript. Robert Costa's analysis of the speech: "No drama, no problems. You could almost hear the collective breath exhaled by Republicans as they strolled through Statuary Hall, many of them watching McMorris Rodgers on their iPhones or nearby televisions. After a tumultuous year, full of shutdowns and drama, McMorris Rodgers's almost calculated understatedness and upbeat, check-the-box appeal was cheered by Republicans."

Sen. Mike Lee provides the tea party response

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) delivers the tea party's rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address. (The Washington Post)

Watch the video above, from CBS News, or read the transcript from the Salt Lake Tribune.

Sen. Rand Paul's alternate, alternate GOP response

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was not the official GOP responder to President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, but he posted a 10-minute response on his YouTube channel. His criticism focused on the president's handling of the economy and job growth. (The Washington Post)

Here are some excerpts of the speech, courtesy of the senator's office.

House Speaker John Boehner's Vine response

Not an official response, but if you don't have time to watch ALL the GOP responses ... this one is far shorter.

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.

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