27 January 2010

The State of the Union Address

“[The President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient...”

The State of the Union Address is my all-time favorite part of politics. The ceremony. The fanfare. It happens only once a year. The President has everyone’s attention. The Senate and House, both convened in one room, all representatives listening to the words of their President – deciding when to give their applause of approval.

The Address is largely symbolic. But it can translate into political victory. And it’s the President’s key chance to take "it" to the people. Whether that "it" is a campaign for the presidency, or a push for a policy provision, this is his designated biggest shot of the year.

JFK was the first to take it to the people. He argued on behalf of Medicare. Harry Truman made numerous train stops throughout the country in an effort to win the White House. And of course, Barack Obama has given more speeches in his first year than any president ever.

So, whether you’re playing the
State of the Union Drinking Game, pulling for the first person you voted in as President, or just putting something on while you cook dinner, please enjoy the show.

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