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Ist State of the Union Jan 8, 1790


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Presidential history for today: on this day 234 years ago - January 8, 1790 - President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to Congress in the provisional capital of New York City. Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution states that the President "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." The annual speech was not commonly known as the State of the Union until during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration (1933-45).
Washington and his successor, John Adams, delivered their annual messages to Congress in person. Third President Thomas Jefferson felt that doing so was too reminiscent of a monarchy, so he began the tradition of sending his annual message in written form. No president would deliver an annual message in person until Woodrow Wilson in 1913. The last president to submit an annual message in writing was Jimmy Carter in 1981.
President James A. Garfield never had the opportunity to submit an annual message to Congress. He served just four months in 1881 before being shot on July 2, 1881.
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For those who think today's political divisions are unusual, I suggest reading "Founding Brothers" by Joseph Ellis.  The proponents of a strong Federal government and those who prefer less centralization have constantly been at each other's throats since the very beginning.  The difference today is nightly TV news, and social media.  The state of the Union address has evolved into just another campaign speech, not the objective update that was originally requested.

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5 minutes ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

For those who think today's political divisions are unusual, I suggest reading "Founding Brothers" by Joseph Ellis.  The proponents of a strong Federal government and those who prefer less centralization have constantly been at each other's throats since the very beginning.  The difference today is nightly TV news, and social media.  The state of the Union address has evolved into just another campaign speech, not the objective update that was originally requested.

THIS !!! ^^

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