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State of the Union 2015 in Photos

Washington gathers to hear Barack Obama address the nation and set the stage for the final two years of his presidency.

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  1. To the Hill
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    To the Hill

    The U.S. Capitol dome stands surrounded by scaffolding while under repairs in Washington on Jan. 20, 2015. President Barack Obama was set to focus on the gap between wealthy Americans and middle- and lower-income households Tuesday night when he lays out his plans for what the White House is calling the “fourth quarter” of his presidency.
  2. Standing watch
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    Standing watch

    A U.S. Capitol police officer stands guard outside the Capitol before President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
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    U.S. Capitol police officers stand on guard in the Capitol Building Rotunda before President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
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    A U.S. Capitol police officer stands on guard before President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on Jan. 20, 2015.
  5. Lights, camera...
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    Lights, camera...

    Members of the media set up for television broadcasts behind a statue of Father Junipero Serra in the Capitol building's National Statuary Hall before President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
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    Members of the media set up for television broadcasts in the Capitol building's National Statuary Hall before President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
  7. FLOTUS guests
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    FLOTUS guests

    First lady Michelle Obama appears with guests before President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.
  8. VIPs
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    VIPs

    Alan Gross (center, with wife Judy), who was recently freed after being held in Cuba since 2009, speaks with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly before the State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.
  9. Head table
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    Head table

    Vice President Joe Biden (left) talks with Speaker of the House John Boehner before the State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.
  10. Mr. Leader
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    Mr. Leader

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell waits for the start of the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
  11. The Beast
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    The Beast

    President Barack Obama's limousine sits parked outside the U.S. Capitol prior to his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
  12. Making an entrance
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    Making an entrance

    President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
  13. Good to see you
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    Good to see you

    President Barack Obama waves before giving the State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.
  14. Go time
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    Go time

    President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2015.
  15. Full house
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    Full house

    President Barack Obama stands before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2015.
  16. Welcome back
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    Welcome back

    Alan Gross (center) pumps his fist after being recognized by President Barack Obama during the State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.
  17. Hear, hear
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    Hear, hear

    Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, applauds as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.
  18. Remote control
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    Remote control

    President Barack Obama appears on a television monitor at the Capitol as he delivers the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
  19. Over and out
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    Over and out

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel after delivering his State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.
  20. Friends and family
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    Friends and family

    First lady Michelle Obama appears at the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
  21. Notes
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    Notes

    The House speaker's gavel and lectern are shown at the conclusion of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, 2015.
  22. So long
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    So long

    President Barack Obama hugs retiring Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, before delivering the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.
  23. Your Honor
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    Your Honor

    President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before delivering the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015.