Obama was either talked out of the bold choice, or the White House knows how to play the Internet, but he went with a traditional suit for the speech.
Most politicians were silent during the speech, but Rand Paul's Twitter account was active, firing off a handful of pointed barbs at Obama's proposals — particularly his free community college plan.
Others, such as fellow Democrat and presumptive 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, were far more sympathetic to the Obama's message.
One of the speech's high points was Obama introducing astronaut Scott Kelly, who will soon be embarking on a mission to Mars.
"I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs," Obama said, "pushing out into the Solar System not just to visit, but to stay."
He added: "Make sure to Instagram it."
Another notable point was an unscripted needle at Republicans, saying "I've got no more campaigns to run. I know 'cause I won both of them."
As with all State of the Union addresses, this one covered a variety of economic issues. Fivethirtyeight has an point-by-point analysis of the statistics behind the economic recovery under Obama, complete with infographics.