By Ryan Teague Beckwith and Joyce Lee
January 10, 2016

You can trace the arc of President Obama’s time in the White House from his State of the Union addresses.

As Obama gets ready to give his eighth and final State of the Union on Tuesday, TIME took a look back at some memorable moments from his past speeches. While his first speeches focused on the urgency of fixing the economy, that was followed by carefully worded notes of optimism as he ran for reelection, then a shift to talking about issues such as the wage gap.

But the little moments during the speeches also stand out: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito mouthing “not true” as Obama bashes a decision overturning a campaign finance law, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz mimicking a rimshot as Obama makes a lame joke, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio taking an awkward drink of water during his response, Obama doing an “exploding fist bump” with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Vice President Joe Biden sending hand signals to someone in the audience and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg falling asleep.

Watch the video to see all these, and more.

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