2013 State of the Union
Every year, the President of the United States delivers an address to the entire United States Congress.Often, also in attendance are Supreme Court Judges, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cabinet members, andnumerous other government officials. During the speech the President shares the current condition(state) of the country. The President also outlines his vision for the next year, as he will need thecooperation of Congress due to our system of checks and balances. The requirement for this address isfound in the Constitution of the United States:
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 US Constitution
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When delivering the State of the Union address, the President will usually insert the line or phrase,
“The state of our union is strong.” Listen for this catch phrase. Every modern President has used a
phrase similar to this. What time was it when President Obama used the catch phrase? _____________3)
President Ronald Regan started a tradition of bringing in special guests (who usually sit with theFirst Lady) and are recognized during the speech. Who was a special guest recognized by thePresident, and for what? ___________________________________________________________________________________4)
The President uses the State of the Union to update Congress and the American people on the stateof our country and the vision for the future. Though the challenges facing our country throughout history have changed, many have remained constant.
For example, in George Washington’s first
State of the Union he talked about national defense, gun ownership, immigration, and education.You can safely bet President Obama will also speak about those four topics.