State of the Union address in emoji, as told by Jimmy Kimmel |


See Jimmy Kimmel translate the State of the Union address into emoji


Apparently not even a performance by Wale was enough to get young people to watch President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address; ratings for the president’s Tuesday night speech hit a record low. So Jimmy Kimmel came up with another idea for selling the annual event to those precious younger viewers: translate it into emoji.

In this system, Democrats and Republicans become their respective animal mascots, while “immigrant” becomes a taco and “native-born” is a hot dog. Most importantly, bored audience members become eyes or “zzz” emoji. As one might imagine, the American flag gets used a lot as well.

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Watch the full clip below.