From The Blaze
President Barack Obama received a total of 67 rounds of applause during his final State of the Union address Tuesday, down from 85 last year. However, as PBS notes, the Joint Chiefs of Staff reserved their applause throughout the speech.
The cameras actually focused on the military leaders when Obama touted the United States as the “most powerful nation on earth” and refuted “rhetoric” that America’s enemies are “getting stronger.”
“I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air,” Obama said during his final State of the Union address Tuesday night. “Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. Let me tell you something — the United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close.”
As Obama finished making those remarks, the camera panned to the Joint Chiefs.
While it’s impossible to determine whether the military leaders were actually making a statement by withholding applause, it is not unheard of for the often stoic Joint Chiefs of Staff to indeed express support for the president’s statements during the State of the Union.
Here’s just one example where the Joint Chiefs reserved applause — and then later delivered a standing ovation to Obama:
Obama brags about how powerful America is. No one on the joint chiefs stands up to applaud. pic.twitter.com/1N3PSfQKne
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