Our eloquent president Dubya Bush will be delivering his sixth State of the Union address tonight.
Article II, Section 3, of the 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 official Democratic response will be given by freshman senator Jim Webb, the one who kicked George Allen's ass in Virginia and who for so doing was assigned by a very grateful Harry Reid to the committees on Foreign Relations, Veterans' Affairs, and Armed Services.
1790, Washington gave the first state of the union address in New York
1801, Jefferson discontinued the practice of delivering the address in person
The address was written and then sent to Congress to be read by a clerk until 1913.
"State of the Union" did not become widely used until after 1935 when FDR began using the phrase.
1923, Coolidge's speech the first to be broadcast on radio
1947, Truman's address the first to be broadcast on television
1965, LBJ's address the first delivered in the evening
1981, Carter the last President to have sent a written State of the Union address
1997, Clinton the first to broadcast the speech live on the Internet
1986, Reagan the only president to have postponed his address, in deference to the Challenger explosion deaths
most common adjectives to describe the state of our union: strong, sound
saddest statement on the State of the Union, by Ford, after Watergate: "...the state of the Union is not good."