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7:14 PM PT: President Obama is now wrapping up the final minutes of his speech with a salute to America's veterans:

As this time of war draws to a close, a new generation of heroes returns to civilian life.  We’ll keep slashing that backlog so our veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned, and our wounded warriors receive the health care – including the mental health care – that they need.  We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home.  And we all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families.
Nice to hear him talking about the time of war coming to a close.

7:19 PM PT: An incredible, enthusiastic, and extended applause for Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama.

7:20 PM PT: On that applause:

I don't think I have seen a standing ovation that long, that sustained, that bipartisan, in about 14 years of covering #SOTU.

@OKnox

7:20 PM PT: And President Obama has finished his fifth State of the Union address. Your thoughts? Personally, I thought it was the best he's delivered—and I wasn't expecting that.

7:22 PM PT: Good Lord, check out this GOP congressman's response:

Obama politicizes the military to end his speech. Totally expected, Mr. President. #SOTU

@CongHuelskamp
We've got to kick these guys out of the majority in 2014.

7:24 PM PT: Backstory on Sergeant Remsburg.

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