State of the Union address

The State of the Union address is a yearly speech that the US President makes to Congress at the beginning of the year. The purpose of the speech is to inform Congress about the state of affairs in the country - for example with regards to economic matters such as unemployment and debt - and to recommend political focus areas for the coming year.

The address typically receives a lot of media attention, so it is also a useful opportunity for presidents to highlight themselves, their results and their goals. Indirectly, the speech can also show how well presidents have lead the country up to this point.

As an example, we can consider George W. Bush’s State of the Union address from 29th of January, 2002. This address is particularly interesting because it was the first of its kind after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. At this point, Bush was in a situation where he had bo...

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