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How History Judges Past Presidents' Debut Before Congress

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

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