15 million discuss State of Union on Facebook leading up to address

President Barack Obama walks along the colonnade of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, to the residence from the Oval Office hours before giving his State Of The Union address. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address is getting some buzz on Facebook.

The social networking site says 15 million people discussed Obama and his address in the week leading up to the speech. They liked, posted, shared or commented 54 million times as of Tuesday morning.

Facebook says guns were the most talked-about topic in relation to Obama’s speech. Islam and Muslims took second place, followed by the Islamic State group. Criminal justice and terrorism were the fourth and fifth most discussed topics on Facebook.

Meanwhile,¬†Twitter is using the occasion of President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address to tote up some of his most-tweeted lines from previous addresses.

His greatest hits include 2009’s “We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

His 2011 highlight was “Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love.”

From 2014, there was, “It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.”

And he scored in 2015 with: “I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I’ve won both of them.”

The Twitter team calculated most popular lines by looking at both tweets-per-minute and most retweeted lines.

Last year, there were 2.6 million tweets sent about the State of the Union, including 52,000 tweets-per-minute for the president’s most popular line.

The “Mad Men” line in 2014 generated 33,000 tweets-per-minute.

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