The State of the Union is an annual address delivered to Congress that reports on the state of our nation and lets the president voice his legislative agenda and national priorities. The practice comes from the Constitution of the United States and says: “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, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution via Wikipedia)
Where does the State of the Union 2011 take place?
The State of the Union Address takes place live from Washington, D.C. and is delivered in the House of Representatives chamber of the United States Capitol, says Wikipedia. In fact, every president since Woodrow Wilson has delivered a speech before a joint session of Congress. Before that, it consisted of a written report.
State of the Union Time
The State of the Union Address 2011 will begin at 9pm EST and will last approximately one hour.
Some State of The Union Address Facts (From Whitehouse.gov)
- From 1790 to 1934, the State of the Union Address was known as the Annual Message.
- President Franklin Roosevelt first referred to the Annual Message as the “State of the Union Address,” a title that became official during the Truman Administration.
- President Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Annual Message was the first to be broadcast nationally on radio.
- President Harry Truman’s 1947 State of the Union was the first to be broadcast on television.
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