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State of the Union, Twitter-style: From 'game changer' to 'blah, blah, blah'

By Nicole Saidi, CNN
February 13, 2013 -- Updated 1421 GMT (2221 HKT)
  • CNN challenged viewers to sum up the State of the Union into a concise tweet
  • The responses, which people sent in using #tweetoftheunion, covered a range of opinions
  • What did you think of the speech? Share your thoughts with CNN iReport

(CNN) -- Just before President Obama delivered his 2013 State of the Union speech, CNN asked viewers to post a #tweetoftheunion on Twitter, urging people to condense what they felt were the main issues of the speech into 140 easily digestible characters.

Your responses covered a range of opinions, ranging from concerns about the economy to frustration, to various attendees' sartorial choices.

The posts also came in many different formats including lists, acronyms and haiku.

Here is a selection of your best responses, grouped into 10 key themes.


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