Between encouraging all Americans to embrace the challenge of "winning the future" and telling everyone what life is going to be like when sentient, high-speed trains start roaming the countryside in packs, President Obama managed to slip a joke into his State of the Union address last night. It is about government inefficiency and fish, and is embedded below. We're not ruining anything when we say the punchline is "smoked salmon." On Twitter, those who heard the gag live struggled to piece it back together:





Wow, what a speech.  He even did a lox gag.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


I did not see a salmon joke coming. Borsht Belt!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad


Lox of love in the chamber for the smoked salmon joke.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


Secretary Lox, not Locke, should be in charge if smoked salmonless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


Obama Calls Out 'Axis of Lox': Interior Department, the Commerce Department and a mystery third agencyless than a minute ago via web


Now taking high speed rail from Columbia Heights to Georgia Avenue. Expecting some lox on board.less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter


Obama's smoked salmon joke was blatant pandering for the Jeremy Piven vote #tcotless than a minute ago via web


"Lox roflcopter w/ no engine lollllllll!" #fakebidentweetsless than a minute ago via TweetDeck


Joe Lieberman would be a great candidate to head up the consolidated salmon regulator. Lox for all!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad


So, through Twitter I learned tonight that "lox" & "smoked salmon" are the same thing. The world is a little more boring now.less than a minute ago via web