On February 5, President Donald Trump gave the annual State Of the Union Address.

The SOTU is an annual message given by the President Of the United States to a joint session of Congress at the beginning of each year. The address fulfills the obligation set in Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution for the President to periodically "give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."

Nothing requires the chief executive to give the address in person; that started with Woodrow Wilson (post-1913) who used the address to rally support for his agenda. Since that time, the president has given the address in person.

Among the more notable SOTU address:

James Monroe's address of 1823 in which he introduced the Monroe Doctrine.

FDR's 1941 address in which he articulated the "Four Freedoms"

Gerald Ford, 1975 beginning with, "The State of the Union is not good..."

George W. Bush in 2002 (the address following the 9/11 terrorist attacks) when he described Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as representing an "Axis Of Evil"...

Here the State Of the Union here.

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