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69 Applauses Over 58 Minutes, in One Chart

The State of the Union isn't just about the president — half the fun for those at home is seeing how members of Congress receive his message. While the camera lingers on the chief executive, the microphones in the House chamber pick up clapping hands that signal just how members feel about his ideas. President Barack Obama earned a lasting applause — roughly two seconds or more of sustained clapping — 69 times during Tuesday night's address. The longest was when Obama said he was putting Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who lost his son to cancer last year, in charge of "mission control" to cure cancer. Hover over the bars below to see which lines from the speech resonated with lawmakers.   Related: Obama Urges 'Better Politics' to Tackle Challenges #SOTUin3Words: 2016 Edition A History of Gun-Control Policy in Washington See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call's new video site. NEW! Download the Roll Call app for the best coverage of people, politics and personalities of Capitol Hill.
Topics: 2016