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Refusal to stand during an ovation at a State of the Union Address is not so much an "insult," but it is widely interpreted to signal a legislator's disapproval of a specific policy statement. For instance, if a president calls for a national health insurance agency - one can measure support or opposition by comparing those who stand to those who remain seated. Also, by convention, non-partisan officials (Supreme Court justices, military officers) do not applaud during overtly political statements during the addresss. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 05:09, 11 August 2009 (UTC).