A Brief History Of State Of The Union Speech No. 508:38
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President Richard Nixon delivers a State of the Union message before a joint session of Congress in Washington in January, 1974. (AP)
President Richard Nixon delivers a State of the Union message before a joint session of Congress in Washington in January, 1974. (AP)
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The Constitution calls for the president "from time to time" to deliver information on the state of the union to Congress. Traditionally, that has come in the form of an annual State of The Union address.

Tonight, President Barack Obama will fulfill that mandate for the fifth time. We look back at some of the fifth State of The Union addresses delivered by past presidents.

  • President George W. Bush - January 31, 2006 (transcript)
  • President Bill Clinton - January 27, 1998 (transcript)
  • President Ronald Reagan - February 4, 1986 (transcript)
  • President Richard Nixon - January 30, 1974 (transcript)
  • President Lyndon Johnson - January 17, 1968 (transcript)

This segment aired on January 28, 2014.

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