SOTU: Members Bring Sleeping Bags For Front Row Seats

A tip from Ed Markey that will add to the joy of watching the State of the Union tonight.

Lawmakers hoping to make a statement of civility had better arrive early to the House chamber where Obama will deliver the address, advised Representative Edward J. Markey, a Malden Democrat. While the Senate has assigned seats, “the way we operate in the House is more like a Southwest Airlines flight,’’ he said.

Watch to see who has the aisle seats in an attempt to get on TV as the president enters.

Members who want to shake the president’s hand as he enters the chamber — a moment broadcast live on all the major networks — arrive hours in advance of the speech to stake a claim to a chair on the aisle.

Wow. Like camping out at the Apple Store to be first in line for the new iPhone.