New President, New Rules for State of the Union Drinking Game

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Drink up
For those who want to be a responsible citizens and watch the President's State of the Union speech -- but who may get too bored to sit through the whole thing -- there's a solution: turn tonight's remarks intgo a drinking game.

The idea came to two Princeton University students, Marc Melzer and Howard Deutsch, in 2002 as they listened to President George W. Bush's annual update, suffering through countless Bushisms like "nukular," not to mention his incessant God references.

The game works a lot like the Roxanne drinking game, in which, you listen to the Police perform their 1978 hit, Roxanne, and drink every time they say the name, which happens to be about every few seconds.

The rules for the State of the Union game are a little different and vary given the president delivering the speech.  

The game works like this: There is a pre-set list of words or phrases, based on things the given president frequently says. Obviously, with Obama, the words "hope" and "change" are on that list. When the president says the designated words, those playing are required to take a shot.

It gets more advanced, however, for those looking to really get the full message of the speech.


Whenever the President discusses one of his "inherited problems," players are required to have a drink of something aged -- scotch or wine works. The same applies if 92-year-old Senator Robert Byrd enters the frame.

For a full list of the rules and phrases click here.

The speech starts at 7 p.m., so there is plenty of time to dash to the liquor store if you need supplies.


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