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Obama's Army Ranger tribute strikes social nerve during #SOTU

Jan. 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM ET

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President Barack Obama's stirring tribute to injured Sgt. First Class Army Cory Remsburg resonated with State of the Union tweeters.  

Of more than 10,000 tweets with the hashtag #SOTU sent in the minutes after Obama ended his speech Tuesday night, the story of the 30-year-old Army Ranger's sacrifice spurred the most chatter on social media.

In 2009, Remsburg was badly injured and nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan. "Like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, SFC Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit," Obama said, adding that "men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy." The moment earned a standing ovation from the crowd.

Remsburg was in a coma for three months, and after dozens of surgeries and countless hours of rehabilitation, he's now able to walk and talk.  

Remsburg dominated the conversation on Twitter, but two policy-oriented terms topped the chatter: "Gun" — as in gun control — and "raise" — as in Obama's plea to "Give America a raise." "Infrastructure" and "deficit" got less traction. 

"Duck Dynasty" was tweeted three times more than the phrase "lame duck," after one of the show's stars was invited as a guest to the speech. "God" was also top of mind. 

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