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State of the Union Address Features Mad Men Reference By Obama—Matthew Weiner "Honored"

Elisabeth Moss, Barack Obama Jamie Trueblood/AMC; AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Nothing like a little Mad Men reference to spice up your State of the Union address, just ask President Barack Obama.

In his Tuesday, Jan. 28 State of the Union, Obama name-dropped the popular AMC drama during a portion about gender income inequality.

"Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it's an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship—and you know what, a father does, too," Obama said. "It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode. This year, let's all come together—Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street—to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds."

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And here it is by way of Vine.

The Internet loved Obama's Mad Men comment. It generated close to 34,000 tweets per minute. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner issued a statement following Obama's State of the Union Mad Men shout out.

"I support the president, and I'm honored that our show is part of a much-needed national conversation," Weiner said in a statement released to E! News.

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Mad Men returns to AMC for its seventh and final season on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m., the network announced at the 2014 TCA. The season will be split in two, like Breaking Bad's final season.

When the final season was announced, Weiner said: "We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience. The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience." 

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