Punch Pizza State of the Union 2014 by President Barack Obama

A Minnesota pizza chain founded by John Soranno in 1996

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If John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan could negotiate with the Soviet Union, State of the Union 2014 by President Barack Obama

While JFK and Reagan were certainly not the only presidents who negotiated with the Soviet Union, they both were respectively president during the two most dangerous periods of brinkmanship during the Cold War (the 1962 Cuban Missile for Kennedy and the 1980-83 acceleration of the Cold War under Reagan)

Obama contrasts the danger of the Soviet Union (a roughly equal adversary to the United States) to the relatively paltry power of America’s current enemies (especially Iran but also North Korea, etc.)

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Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about twenty percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here. State of the Union 2014 by President Barack Obama

The mandatory federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr

Obama’s mention of Reagan might also be a subtle rhetorical device to associate himself with the widely admired Republican President

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It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode. State of the Union 2014 by President Barack Obama

Obama’s offhand reference to the hit AMC cable show Mad Men excited a lot of pundits (and undoubtedly Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm et al)

Mad Men takes place in a New York ad agency throughout the 1960s, and one of the major motifs is the entrenched workplace sexism. The major female characters of the firm — Peggy Olson and Joan Holloway — both struggle to achieve legitimacy and promotion in the eyes of their male peers (and virtually every other female employee of the agency remains a secretary).

Obama is thus decrying workplace policies that are reminiscent (or vestigial) of the days of institutionalized workplace sexism

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Smoking mics like crack pipes Machine Gun Funk by The Notorious B.I.G.

BIG “smokes” a mic (raps prodigiously) much like how a crackhead would smoke from a crackpipe

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The mack life Machine Gun Funk by The Notorious B.I.G.

In reference to 1973 blaxploitation film The Mack, about the rise and fall of a pimp. The term “mack” became hip hop shorthand for an extravagant lifestyle (cf Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin'” — “not for nothing, never happen, I’ll be forever macking”)

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Cuz you don't wanna be caught
Half steppin
Serial Killa by Snoop Dogg (Ft. Daz Dillinger, Kurupt & RBX)

A possible reference to Big Daddy Kane’s “Ain’t No Half Steppin”

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I drops bombs like Platoon Serial Killa by Snoop Dogg (Ft. Daz Dillinger, Kurupt & RBX)

Referring to the 1986 Oliver Stone film about the Vietnam War — wherein there were a number of bombings (most notably a NVA sapper suicide-bomber followed by American airstrikes)

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These clouds stick to the sky
Like floating questions, why?
And they linger there to die
They don't know where they are going, and, my friend, neither do I
Cloudy by Simon & Garfunkel

Simon compares his life to the “life” of a cloud — performing arguably pointless movements across the sky until they die (“that’s why we get high/cause you never know when you’re gonna go!”)

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They echo and they swell
From Tolstoy to Tinker Bell
Cloudy by Simon & Garfunkel

His thoughts bound from the epic, grandiose, and philosophical (exemplified by Russian author Leo Tolstoy) to the more fanciful and whimsical (exemplified by the fairy Tinker Bell of Peter Pan fame)

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