Obama's Ad-Lib Retort to GOP Steals the Show

'I know because I won both of them,' he says of his campaigns
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2015 10:21 PM CST
Updated Jan 21, 2015 2:30 AM CST

In a State of the Union speech short on big surprises, one of the more talked-about moments came during a presidential ad-lib. Late in the speech, Obama said, "I have no more campaigns to run." When some cheers broke out among Republicans, Obama said, "I know because I won both of them." He got a round of applause and carried on.

  • Alan Rappeport, New York Times: "But in one off-script moment, he flashed his notoriously competitive side."
  • Joshua Keating, Slate: "Obama responded with an ad-lib that will likely go down in State of the Union history."
  • Chris Cillizza, Washington Post: "I have no more campaigns to run....I know because I won both of them." -- Obama. WHOA," he tweeted.
  • Brian Stelter, CNN: "If you wanted the media coverage of this #SOTU to concentrate on policy, 'I know because I won both of them' is not what you wanted," he tweeted.
(More State of the Union address stories.)

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