Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Steak of the Union

Anita & Philibert
Anita and Philbert by petite Chose on Flickr
We'll be having people round tonight for some steak, potatoes and the biggest televised political event short of election day - our nerd superbowl (without great commercials), the SOTU.

Will you be watching? What do you think of everyone sitting together? I hope it results in a confused mess of stand-up sit-down for all involved.

Which cabinet secretary won't attend? Which chief justice will sneer?

See, so much fun. And if this isn't enough, please see the below suggestions from Politico on hosting your very own SOTU drinking game. Although nothing can top this suggestions from the Huffington Post last year:

"If Nancy Pelosi claps like a seal, take one shot. If Nancy Pelosi turns into a seal STOP DRINKING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!"

From Politico:

To spice things up, some fun-loving politicos play drinking games to make the speech more enjoyable. Here’s what some local SOTU-watchers have suggested as rules for this evening’s festivities:

“All calls for bipartisanship should be responded to with a fart in Joe Lieberman’s general direction.” — GQ’s Ana Marie Cox

“Every time Dennis Kucinich wedges himself into the TV frame with the president, drink. And if Joe Wilson is in the same shot, finish your drink.” — ABC News’s Rick Klein

“Every time the network feed cuts to McConnell or Boehner NOT standing or clapping [drink]. If you want to stay sober, [drink] every time either is seen smiling.” — Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman

“Every time the camera pans to show Sen. McCain’s grimace, drink! Long shot: If Speaker Boehner cries, dabs his eyes, reaches for the handkerchief, CHUG!” — Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart

“Every time the cameras linger on Scott Brown, you have to kiss the person next to you and take a drink. When Obama says ‘Let me be clear,’ it’s OK to take a bathroom break. TOTUS malfunction: tequila.” — Washington Examiner’s Julie Mason (TOTUS = teleprompter)

"Any time Michelle Obama is mentioned, you have to chug a lite beer."— Mother Jones's David Corn (A nod to the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.)

"If you recognize a congressional staffer on the House floor — buy a round. If you see a member sleeping —buy the person to your left a shot. If there is an unprovoked outburst — finish the beer of the person to your right." — Amos Snead, FamousDC editor and Story Partners principal

"Every time Sheila Jackson Lee leans out into the center aisle for a handshake or a kiss, drink."—FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein

"[Drink] Every time the president says 'Let us … ' and not in the ‘Peter Rabbit’ sense. Of course, if the first lady has gotten her hands on the speech and real lettuce (organic) has found its way in, [take] two shots of filtered spring water heirloom potato boutique vodka." — The Week/Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson

"For those who don't need to get up early in the morning and want to do some drinking, I recommend having a swig every time Obama has a euphemism for spending ... like 'investment.'" — Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist

"Start with three extra-strength Tylenol and then drink every time President Obama says ‘change,’ ‘challenge,’ ‘prosperity’ or ‘hope’ and drink twice for everyone wearing purple." —Writer and “Potomac Fever” associate producer Susanna Quinn.

I hope you aren't offended by this momentary display of politics and drinking habits. We'll be back to cookies and clothing tomorrow.