Paul Ryan’s SOTU ‘poker face’ mocked on Twitter

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Dylan Stableford
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President Obama waves goodbye after giving his final State of the Union on Tuesday. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Hours before taking his seat behind President Barack Obama for the State of the Union address, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was planning on practicing his “poker face.”

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“I probably should practice in the mirror,” Ryan, who was elected as speaker in October, said Monday on MSNBC. “I need to get the whole poker-face thing down. I need to be real stoic.”

He wasn’t kidding.

Ryan’s face during Obama’s speech became a topic of conversation on Twitter, where many noted the Wisconsin Republican’s expressionless, often pained stare.

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Ryan’s refusal to applaud even the least partisan of Obama’s proposals did not go unnoticed.

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Obama did manage to solicit a semi-laugh out of the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee.

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It wasn’t long before Ryan’s reaction became a meme of its own.

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