Rich Galen

John Adam's final message in November, 1800 was the first to be delivered in the new Capitol building in Washington, DC.

The official opposition response (which began in 1966) will be delivered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis). Those responses are rarely newsworthy unless someone fumbles the ball as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal did in 2009.

Rep. Michelle Bachman has announced she's delivering her own response as the self-appointed spokesperson for the Tea Partiers. Sarah Palin, we assume, will respond to the limits of a 140-character Tweet.

In the continuing era of good feeling inside the Capitol building, a suggestion was made by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo) that Republicans and Democrats, rather than separating themselves by party, pair up and sit together.

New York liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer will sit with Oklahoma conservative Sen. Tom Coburn, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) will sit with Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM). The cutest couple (and odds-on favorite for prom king and queen) will be Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

On CNN's Situation Room the other night, debate partner Hillary Rosen suggested the "ultimate same sex couple would be [Majority Leader] Harry Reid (D-Nev) and [Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) but McConnell said on one of the Sunday shows yesterday he was not joining in on the kumbaya SOTU.

I had said earlier in the day that the whole thing reminded me of a Woody Allen saying (misquoting Isiah): "The lion and the lamb will lie down together … but the lamb won't get much sleep."

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at