Defining moments in the history of the State of the Union Address
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.
- 'Duck Dynasty' daughter sticks to Christian...
- Utah family adopts 2 newborns 6 weeks apart
- Jenna Kim Jones: The new, cool face of Mormonism
- LDS Church releases video, topic page...
- Jimmer Fredette on defense: 'You have to have...
- Researchers: Patients have only themselves to...
- In our opinion: Utah gun law that canceled...
- Dick Harmon: Even more urgency needed as...
- In our opinion: Utah gun law that... 148
- Greg Bell: Lessons learned form the... 87
- In our opinion: New conservative war on... 53
- In our opinion: Where has the family... 49
- Letter: What is ‘common good?’ 31
- Robert Bennett: Former Defense... 28
- Charles Krauthammer: We need to... 27
- In our opinion: School reformers should... 25