Photo Gallery: 2013 State of the Union

On Tuesday, President Obama laid out his agenda for the coming year. Citing the importance of a strong middle class, he provided the framework necessary to move America forward.

The White House Photo Office followed the President throughout the day, and they've put together a collection of images from the State of the Union, which include the President greeting Members of Congress, reactions of his speech from the audience and a few special behind the scene looks. Check out the gallery below and visit our State of the Union page to share your own reactions from the State of the Union.

This afternoon, President Obama will sit down for a discussion about the State of the Union and his plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Be sure to check it out

 
  • President Obama signs copies of his State of the Union address

    President Obama signs two copies of his State of the Union address before departing for the U.S. Capitol. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Vice President Joe Biden walks to the House Chamber

    Vice President Biden proceeds with the U.S. Senate to the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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  • President Obama pauses before entering the House Chamber

    President Obama waits with Sergeants at Arms and Members of Congress before the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama greets Members of Congress

    President Obama greets Members of Congress before delivering the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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  • President Barack Obama Reaches to Shake Hands

    President Obama reaches to shake hands with a Member of Congress before the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama Greets VP Biden and House Speaker Boehner

    President Obama greets Vice President Biden and Speaker Boehner before the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Guests

    First Lady Obama, Dr. Biden, and guests, applaud as President Obama is introduced. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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  • President Obama Acknowledges Applause

    President Obama acknowledges applause before he delivers the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama Delivers the State of the Union Address

    President Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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  • President Obama in the House Chamber

    President Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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  • Green Ribbons Worn in Honor of the Victims of the Newton Shootings

    A Member of Congress wears a green ribbon in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Rep. John Lewis Listens at State of the Union

    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., listens as President Obama delivers the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama State of the Union Address

    President Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama and VP Biden Look Toward their Wives

    President Obama and Vice President Biden look toward the guests in the First Lady's box. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama Departs the House Chamber

    President Obama greets Rep. Brad Schneider as he departs following his State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama Talks with the Pendletons

    President Obama with the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed last month. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Motorcade Back to the White House

    President Obama's motorcade travels to the White House following the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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