No doubt the pomp and circumstance of the State of the Union address is a nice part of modern American tradition. But could all the congressmen and women knock off with the announcements of whom they are bringing as their special guests from their home states?

New Hampshire is not blameless. We are not certain if all four of our representatives did so, but we saw where Rep. Ann Kuster was bringing a guest.

Is this supposed to impress New Hampshire taxpayers? Who foots the bill for this?

Even if it is all out of the congressman’s pocket, there is no doubt staff time is involved.

It might be better all around if the congressmen tend to business and take notes, rather than guests, at these events and then give an honest assessment, good as well as bad, of what the President of the United States had to say. But we somehow think all the pols had their talking points in their pockets last night.