State of the Union Address

Just 12 days into the New Year, President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress and the American people.

The President delivered his final State of the Union to Congress at the U.S. Capital Tuesday. He reflected on the past seven years and previewed what he hopes to get accomplished in 2016.

Every president since Woodrow Wilson, with the exception of Herbert Hoover, has given at least one State of the Union report as a speech to Congress. Before then, most presidents would deliver a written report.

More than twenty special guests were invited to sit with the first lady for the address, including 12-year-old Braeden Mannering. The sixth grader started a non-profit that provides healthy food to homeless and low income individuals in his community.

Instructional Links

Website: White House, State of the Union

Website: State of the Union for Kids, Historical Facts

Website: State of the Union Addresses Texts and Word Clouds

Website: American Presidents, Speech Archive of Text and Audio Files

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