5.7 million people generated more than 13.8 million posts, likes and comments about the State of the Union address from 3:00am to 11:00pm ET on Tuesday.
The most talked-about moment of the night was President Obama’s off-script campaign remark, “I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda – I know, cause I won both of ‘em,” which caused #iWonBothOfThem to trend on Facebook in the US.
In the days leading up to the speech, terrorism became the top most talked-about topic on Facebook, and was mentioned almost twice as much as Obamacare. Here are the top five issues people were talking about before the speech started:
- jobs and the economy
- Israel and Palestine
Following the speech we saw a shift in the issues people talked about the most. Here are the top five most talked-about topics on Facebook after Obama’s speech:
- jobs and the economy
- community college
- minimum wage
- middle class
Each member of Congress is on Facebook, and more than 60% of them posted about the SOTU on their Pages on Tuesday. Many used Facebook Video, conducted Q&As and used Instagram to provide behind-the-scenes photos. Here are some highlights:
Before the speech, Speaker John Boehner shared a video about his compliments on Vice President Biden’s suit during last year’s SOTU.
Sen. John Cornyn held a Q&A on his Facebook Page in the hours before the speech.
Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate also shared videos and photos on their way into the House Chamber and while waiting for the speech to begin.
Rep. Lois Frankel shared this photo with Reps. Cheri Bustos, Julia Brownley, Annie Kuster and Kathleen Clark.
Rep. Diana DeGette posted this shot with Reps. John Lewis and Jan Schakowsky.
Rep. Sean Duffy posted a video as he and his wife hurried through Statuary Hall on their way to the House Chamber.
C-SPAN posted a hyperlapse of the beginning of the President’s speech.
Instagram got a shout out during the speech when the President mentioned astronaut Scott Kelly who will soon begin a year-long mission in space and encouraged him to “Instagram it.”
Following the speech we saw numerous responses from people on both sides of the aisle.
Speaker Boehner posted Iowa Senator Joni Ernst’s Republican response.
Sen. Cory Booker:
Sen. Dick Durbin:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren:
Sen. Tim Scott