Here & Now Here & Now

Support the news

How History Judges Past Presidents' Debut Before Congress05:14

Play
The U.S. House of Representatives chamber is seen Dec. 8, 2008 in Washington. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)closemore
The U.S. House of Representatives chamber is seen Dec. 8, 2008 in Washington. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

President Trump gives his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. His speech will focus on the "renewal of the American spirit," according to the White House.

Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) joins Here & Now's Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr) for a preview of the speech and a look at how past presidents have used the opportunity to set the tone and legislative agendas of their first term in office.

This segment aired on February 28, 2017.

Related:

+Join the discussion
Share

Support the news

Next Up

Where to now?

More Here & Now or Explore Audio.