5 Things Necessary For An Obama State of the Union Address 5. A steadfast patriotic optimism. 4. The proper mixture of snark and good will. 3. Patience. 2. Poker chips and cards. 1. Copious amounts of beer. P.S. Seriously, though, I love this guy. I can disagree with 90% percent of what he says, and still say, "Geez, that was a good speech," and, "I'm glad he's in the big chair right now." Even if he is a one-termer.