By Ryan Teague Beckwith
January 7, 2016

President Obama will give his last State of the Union Tuesday, which means Republicans will have their last chance at a rebuttal.

Given the pomp of the President’s speech, the setting of the State of the Union response is particularly tricky. The best backdrops balance formal and informal, avoiding a direct comparison to the main event.

From fireplaces to American flags, here are some tips and tricks for a good backdrop.

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