Tue 28 Jan 2014

Obama speaks to nation, congress in State of the Union Address

President Obama presents the annual State of the Union Address to the Congress.

The State of the Union Address reports on the current situation in the US. Presidents are also allowed to outline their legislative agenda and their national priorities.

According to Article II, Sector 3 of the US 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".

The address has become one of the main forms of communication between the President and US citizens. Since the invention of radio and television, the speech has been broadcast live on most networks in the country.

The first of the regular message to the Congress was delivered by George Washington on January 8, 1790. For years, the speech was called the President's Annual Message to Congress, but its name changed officially in 1947. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to use the current name in 1934.

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