Given that President Obama announced most of the major proposals in his State of the Union speech over the past few weeks and released the entire address on Medium before he even gave it, there's wasn't a whole heck of a lot of "new" happening Tuesday night.

That's okay because it allowed the mind — and the eye — to wander, focusing on the political theater that was everywhere. Here are our nine favorite SOTU photos, telling the story of the night as well better than the millions of words written on the speech.

Obama was all smiles as he entered the House chamber.

(Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

And he just got more confident ...


... and winky.

(Mandel Ngan/AP)

That doesn't mean, of course, there weren't awkward moments.

President Obama greets Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.  (Mandel Ngan/AP)

Not everyone was a fan of what he had to say.

(Mandel Ngan/AP)

And, it was late.

 U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, with Justices, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan listen as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

But Joe Biden doesn't stop being Joe Biden ...

(Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)

Not ...

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


(Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)