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President Obama Kicks Off His Final State of the Union With a Joke

For at least the second year in a row, the White House released the full text of President Obama’s State of the Union before he even entered the House chamber. You can read the whole thing here, but—spoiler!—he opens with a joke:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter. I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa.

Funny! That was a not-so-subtle jab at Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, who are all running for president. My only quibble is with Obama’s facts: Cruz was so antsy to get back on the campaign trail that he’s not even in Washington, D.C., tonight; he’s in New Hampshire, according to his campaign.

You can watch a live stream of the speech here.

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the State of the Union.