WASHINGTON - The state of our union is strong.
I’ll drink to that. And, come tonight, so will an entire subculture of young political wonks who have turned the hallowed annual presidential State of the Union address into one big excuse for a drinking game.
So while the pundits listen to President Bush’s speech to Congress with pen and pad in hand, others will clutch shot glasses and pound whiskey every time the commander in chief utters familiar words and lines.
Phrases like “economic stimulus,” “freedom is on the march,” and “nuclear” will be accompanied with clinking shot glasses in common rooms and apartments across the country.
“It’s an event that feels like it deserves attention. But you definitely don’t want to be watching it alone,” said Justin Krebs, who has hosted State of the Union drinking games for the past five years in New York City.
“It’s definitely something that goes down better with a few drinks.”