Since this is the day the airwaves will be filled with more promises that can’t or won’t be met, I thought it was worth a repost.
The history of the State of the Union is a pretty interesting one for most people who study such things.
The requirement for the President to prepare and deliver his views of the country are contained in the Constitution,
“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
It is not required for the President to deliver the message in person. George Washington delivered his in a speech format but Thomas Jefferson was afraid that delivering the speech in this manner was too imperious and reminded him of a monarchial behavior. The following Presidents must have agreed since it was not until Woodrow Wilson that the practice of personally delivering it returned. Since that time, the SOTU has been used…
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