President Obama last night delivered the State of the Union address to Congress. This speech, given by the President of the United States each year, is meant to serve as a report on the condition of our country and outline the president’s agenda for the coming year.
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Which president delivered the shortest address?
President-wise, you can’t get much earlier than George Washington. He delivered his first message to Congress in 1790, and it contained 1, 0839 words. If Washington delivered the speech today, it would’ve lasted eight or nine minutes. You could change a tire in that time!
Which president delivered the longest State of the Union to date?
President Jimmy Carter’s 33,667-word address in 1981 is the longest address to date — thankfully, it was written, not spoken. President Bill Clinton in 1995 delivered the longest spoken address — 9,190 words.
Oops! Which saxophone-playing president began to deliver an old speech thanks to a faulty teleprompter?
Bill Clinton was the unlucky president stuck with a faulty teleprompter. After Clinton realized it was an old speech being displayed, he ad-libbed until his trusty aides fixed the problem. A teleprompter is a machine that shows a speaker a line-by-line reproduction of a script, unseen by the audience. C’mon, did you think they memorized these things?
In what year was the first State of the Union address broadcast on TV?
That honor again belongs to Harry S. Truman, who delivered the first televised State of the Union address in 1947.
Where does the State of the Union take place?
The president delivers his speech in the chamber of the House of Representatives before a joint session of both houses of Congress.
Which president entered the Internet age and was the first to offer a live webcast of his speech?
In 2002, George W. Bush was the first president to broadcast his State of the Union address live on the Web from whitehouse.gov.
What national tragedy postponed the address for the first time?
In 1986, the address was postponed following the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. Ronald Reagan had intended to say that schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe being launched into space was a metaphor for America’s bright future.
How often does the president need to deliver his address?
According to Article II, Sec.3 of the U.S. Constitution, the President “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.” That’s what legal experts call elastic language.
Personally, I Don’t Want To Even Hear Or See Anything About Obama. I Don’t Really Like Him That Much.