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President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union on March 7, 2024, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris, and House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., watch from the back. (AP) President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union on March 7, 2024, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris, and House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., watch from the back. (AP)

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union on March 7, 2024, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris, and House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., watch from the back. (AP)

Madison Czopek
By Madison Czopek March 8, 2024

Joe Biden’s State of the Union lasted more than an hour. There were no ‘intermissions’

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  • There were no intermissions during President Joe Biden’s March 7 State of the Union address, and the White House never announced there would be.

  • The claim originated with an X post written by Sean Spicer, former press secretary for former President Donald Trump. Spicer said the post was a joke. 

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President Joe Biden’s March 7 State of the Union address lasted about one hour and seven minutes.

During the speech, Biden occasionally paused for applause or diverged from his planned remarks to spar with GOP lawmakers in the audience. 

But there was no intermission, despite a social media post’s claim that Biden’s team was planning untraditional pauses in the speech. 

"White House announces there will be 2 ‘intermissions’ during tonight’s State of the Union," read an X post screenshot shared March 7 on Instagram. That X post, also dated March 7, was written by Sean Spicer, former press secretary to former President Donald Trump.

Spicer posted on X at 9:41 a.m. Eastern Time and clarified soon after that it was a joke — but not before social media users moved to share the post without context.

Not long after Spicer’s initial post, another X user asked: "Is this a joke? Please say this is a joke." 

Spicer replied: "Joke right now. But I won’t put it past them."

(Screenshot from X.)

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(Screenshot from Instagram.)

"So the docs said he doesn’t need a cognitive exam and he’s not too old…" read the caption on the Instagram post, referring to Biden’s recent physical. "But they will need to break this state of the union up." 

As they pursue second terms, both Biden, 81, and Trump, 77, face concern from voters over their respective ages and health and fitness

As for claims about a State of the Union pause, however, we found no news reports or announcements on White House communication channels that Biden would have any intermission during his address. 

Since Biden’s speech has happened, we can also confirm: There was no intermission. 

We rate this claim Pants on Fire!

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