By Team BLAM
The State of the Union is an annual address presented by the President of the United States to the United States Congress. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the president to outline his legislative agenda (for which he needs the cooperation of Congress) and his national priorities.
The practice arises from a command given to the president in the Constitution of the United States:
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 of the U.S. Constitution
Although the language of the Constitution is not specific, by tradition, the President makes this report annually during the late January.
While not required to deliver a speech, every president since Woodrow Wilson has made the State of the Union report as a speech delivered before a joint session of Congress. Before that time, most presidents delivered the State of the Union as a written report.
Our family watched President Obama’s State Of The Union Address last night. Did you? What are your thoughts? If you missed it, check out the behind the scenes action and the actual address below and let us know your thoughts.