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SOTU: A brief history

Did you know the State of the Union used to be delivered in a thick written report instead of spoken to a joint session of Congress? That minority responses didn’t begin until 1966?

The State of the Union in Trump's Words: American, Great and Tax
Analysis of how his speech stacks up to his past big addresses

President Donald Trump speaks during the joint session of Congress to deliver his State of the Union Address in the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

During his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Donald Trump continued the nationalist theme he emphasized during his campaign, mentioning America or some variation 79 times. His other top mentions were the words “great” (26 times) and “tax” (15 times).

Here’s a look at the topics that Trump covered and how his use of certain words compares to his previous major speeches as a president and a candidate, and to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union in 2016.

The State of the Union in Eight Charts
Putting the economy in context ahead of Tuesday’s speech

An empty House chamber is pictured on 2015. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will take his place at the podium for his first official State of the Union address. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The state of the union is … nuanced. In President Donald Trump’s first year, the stock market continued to climb as unemployment fell. While the president will likely point to these accomplishments in Tuesday’s speech, the bigger picture suggests they are longer-term trends. Here’s a look at several slices of U.S. economic data and other indicators.


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