State of the Union

The State of the Union is an annual address presented by the President of the United States to the United States Congress. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the president to outline his legislative agenda and national priorities to Congress.[1]

The State of the Union is typically given before a joint session of the United States Congress and is held in the House of Representatives chamber at the United States Capitol.

Sometimes, especially in recent years, newly inaugurated presidents have delivered speeches to joint sessions of Congress only weeks into their respective terms, but these are not officially considered State of the Union addresses.[2] The address is most frequently used to outline the president’s legislative proposals for the upcoming year.

Modeled after the monarch’s Speech from the Throne during the State Opening of Parliament in the United Kingdom, such a report is required by the United States Constitution. The Constitution does not require that the report take the form of a speech; although virtually every president since Woodrow Wilson has made the State of the Union report in the form of a speech delivered personally before a joint session of Congress. By tradition, the President makes this report annually, even though the clause “from time to time” leaves the matter open to interpretation:

He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.
Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution

POLITCAL VLOGZ – State of the Union

PAST ADDRESSES

Barack Obama

2009:
(9/9)
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2009:
(2/24)
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George W. Bush

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2001:
(9/20)
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2001:
(2/27)
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Bill Clinton

2000: watch Video watch Transcript
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George H.W. Bush

1992: watch Video watch Transcript
1991:
(3/6)
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1991:
(1/29)
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1990: watch Video watch Transcript
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Ronald Reagan

1988: watch Video watch Transcript
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1981:
(2/18)
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Jimmy Carter

1981:
(1/16)
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Gerald R. Ford

1977: watch Video watch Transcript
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Richard M. Nixon

1974: watch Video watch Transcript
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Lyndon B. Johnson

1969: watch Video watch Transcript
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1965:
(3/15)
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1965:
(1/4)
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1964: watch Transcript
1963:
(11/27)
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John F. Kennedy

1963:
(1/14)
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Dwight D. Eisenhower

1960: watch Transcript
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Harry S. Truman

1951: watch Transcript
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