Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Extra!: History of the State of the Union

Extra!: History of the State of the Union. I am a day late on posting this but I am sure some readers will still find it of interest.

This CNN article has some highlights on the history of the State of the Union Address. This is the annual ceremonial occasion when the American President gives a speech to Congress on how the country is doing.

Here are some highlights from the article:

- The address was not called the "State of the Union" until President Franklin D. Roosevelt used that phrase in 1935. Until then, the speech was referred to as the "Annual Message."

- From 1801 to 1912, the Presidents did not deliver a speech. Instead, they sent a report to Congress where it was read out loud by a clerk.

- In 1923, Calvin Coolidge became the first president to broadcast his speech on the radio.

- In 1947, Harry S Truman became the first president to deliver the address on television.

- An opposing party's first official "response" to the State of the Union speech was given in 1966.

Of recent note, Lewis Gould of the History News Network writes that we should Abolish the State of the Union Address. (As the State of the Union is required by the Constitution, this might require a constitutional amendment though...)

Other good links on the State of the Union:

State of the Union Addresses of the American Presidents
Wikipedia: State of the Union Address
C-SPAN State of the Union Videos and Transcripts
GPO: State of the Union

3 comments:

k said...

Bush's State of the Union Address seemed to have more excuses than solutions for the problems in the Middle East. I don’t know about anyone else, but watching the film The War Within has given me a new perspective on terrorism against the United States, especially from a possible terrorist’s point of view. Whether the subject in the film is forced into it through brutal imprisonment or through conscience decisions the film gives a point of view rarely seen in the United States.

Miland said...

"I don’t know about anyone else, but watching the film The War Within has given me a new perspective on terrorism against the United States, especially from a possible terrorist’s point of view."

I guess it is helpful to understand the terrorist view as long as we do not sympathize with it. Triumph of the Will helps us understand the Nazi view too but you do not sympathize with them do you?

Bush may be making mistakes and the Western world may have erred in how it has responded to Islamic terrorism, but the evil of 9/11 and other terrorist acts rests with the terrorists and terrorist alone.

Do not make excuses for the terrorists anymore than you would for Nazi party members.

Further, the West may not undertsand the Middle East very well but I think many in the Middle East understand us even less. The need for education goes both ways.

Worst Weather Ever said...

found this in google blogsearch. i wasn't too into the speech honestly, but thats a cool article you found.