Which politician looked more ridiculous probably depends on your politics. Here’s Boehner:
The above photo, we should note, was not taken at this year’s speech — though the comparison still stands. Here’s Biden:
Funny as this all may be, Biden and Boehner’s reactions are — in some circles — actually considered pretty important, just like when and how much the audience applauds. Hill-watchers analyze and overanalyze these things for hints on how well the president’s policies will be received. Over at The Fix, Jaime Fuller has a fascinating history of when all that started and how well it works. Maybe not that well, it turns out.
“I have trouble engaging in such evaluations, being constantly distracted by the … mime-like facial contortions, to which we will be treated by the Vice President and the Speaker of the House,” Ed Kilgore wrote at Washington Monthly.
We have no complaints about said mime-like contortions. It makes SOTU screenshots all the better for Photoshopping.