Yesterday, U.S. President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union Address, a speech made by every president, and certainty one of great importance.
The State of the Union Address originated from a section of the U.S. Constitution stating that the president should give such an address before Congress. The speech is typically given between January and February, and is not officially given in the first year of a president’s term due to the Inauguration. George Washington was the first president to give such an address, but under Thomas Jefferson it was given as a written report instead of in person. Woodrow Wilson set the precedent again for giving the address in person, and Jimmy Carter was the last president to give a written report in its place.
The State of the Union Address is an opportunity for the incumbent president to set forth an agenda for the year, and perhaps attempt to unite both political parties on an idea. No longer simply for Congress, but (after the onset of radio and television) for the American people, this speech gives an opportunity to listen in on what direction the president wants America to take. I watched Trump’s State of the Union Address (as I had also watched former president Barrack Obama’s) in order to get a feel for what he intends to do this year, and was intrigued by the differences between the Republican’s standing ovations and the Democrat’s stoic opposition throughout the speech. I have to say that I really like the practice of introducing special guests to the American viewers, to either commend them for their heroic deeds, or to express our sorrow for their losses. It helps me stay in touch with the wonderful people in our nation, and gives us ideas for how we can improve our country, if we choose to.
I know we have been much-publicized as a divided America, but there are some things that we will have to unite against and in favor of to protect this great nation! I encourage you to watch the State of the Union Address in order to stay in touch with the potential future of America, and to also keep informed about politics in general.