How to Watch President Obama's Final State of the Union Address

The last State of the Union address by President Barack Obama will be delivered tonight, Tuesday, January 12 starting at 9:00 pm ET. According to the president himself, the speech won’t be the same old SOTU, and this year, there are more options than ever for how to watch it.

Although it’s been easy to stream the State of the Union for a few years now, the White House is adding more options for this week’s “nontraditional” address. White House Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman wrote a Medium post about why the administration is investing so much energy to make the speech easily available to Americans.

How nontraditional will it be? Well...


Behold all the options to watch... whatever Obama will be doing. In all seriousness, seeing these options are a testament to how much Obama’s White House has worked to bring digital tools to the forefront in an effort to get the president’s messages in front of as many people as possible.

Stream at

You can point your browser to and you’ll be able to view a device-optimized version of the speech. There are also plenty of extras at the site, like videos of previous speeches annotated with graphics and other details.

Watch on YouTube

As always, the White House’s YouTube channel is a reliable way to watch Obama’s addresses.


View through Amazon Video

In a new partnership, the SOTU will be streamed through Amazon Video. You can also watch all the previous SOTUs which are currently available for viewing. as we speak.


Check out network coverage

In addition to the official White House channels, you can of course watch the address on a regular old television or radio. Additionally, many networks are planning their own livestreams of the event as well., for example, is promoting its online coverage and analysis.


View the Republican response at

After Obama leaves the floor to be interviewed by YouTube stars, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will deliver the response from the Republican Party, and you can stream that at


Follow on social media

In addition to all those options, the White House will be dropping annotated clips and GIFs on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram as well as on its newly launched Snapchat account. You can RSVP for the speech on this Facebook event for updates or just follow #SOTU.


The president “previews” his speech in this White House video

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Think! aka anotherburner111122223333

He should bring Luther, his Anger Translator, with him in front of Congress.