Defining moments in the history of the State of the Union Address

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014 11:30 p.m. MST

Associated Press

The State of the Union address is an annual speech given by the president of the United States to a joint session of Congress. Its purpose is to allow the president to state his legislative agenda and priorities for the year to come.

Under Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, the president is obligated to make the U.S. Congress aware of the “state of the union.”

As well, since 1976, the opposition party has been giving responses after the president speaks, but this is not something that is in the U.S. Constitution or mandated by any law.

We have compiled a list of 15 defining moments in the history of the State of the Union address, including responses that are either unique in substance or delivery.

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Provo, ut

Oh, now it makes sense. I thought you were going to find 15 points in this last SOTU speech that anyone would remember.

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