And even though I'm not particularly thrilled with government, I'm still a sucker for the symbolic aspects of the address: the way that the Speaker of the House has to invite the president to come down from the White House across the National Mall to the Capitol Building to make a speech. The divisions of power, checks and balances all in the same room at the same time. Of course, there is the exception of that one Cabinet Secretary who stays behind unless the whole place gets blown to pieces. How must if feel to be that person.
I'm not saying that the ceremony will make me like the content of the address, all of the standing and clapping, or the bounce in poll numbers.