The State of the Union Address as a Wes Anderson film

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-10 18:48:06-05
By Chris Moody and Alexander Rosen


(CNN) — President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening, the last of his presidency.

While each president adds his own unique contributions and personal touches to the annual rite, the event embraces familiar styles, tones and traditions that give it a signature look: The pomp of the procession to the U.S. Capitol building, the Sergeant at Arms’ shout across the House chamber announcing the President’s arrival, the flood of partisan applause and the opposition party’s response.

These consistent attributes of the speech — including the familiar faces who take part each year, the decor of the historic Capitol building and the ongoing clash of old traditions with new technologies — make it a prime setting to borrow a few tricks from filmmaker Wes Anderson, to whom the video above pays grateful homage.

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