The State Of The Union Address: What is it and why should we care?


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Every U.S. president gives a State of the Union Address yearly.

In this Feb. 28, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The annual State of the Union Address was given by President Trump on Feb. 5 of this year. Instead of talking about just this particular speech, I’ve done some research and created a summary article explaining what the (State of the Union) SOTU is and why we as high schoolers should care about what some old white guys say.

The reason why we should care about the SOTU is that as future voters and as Americans in a whole we have the right to know what is going on in our government and what our current President’s plan is for the future of the country.

It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.”

— Barack Obama, in the second SOTU Address

According to the History Channel, the State Of The Union is part of Article II section 3 of the U.S Constitution. It states that “…shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Which translated to modern English means that from the creation of the Constitution till the end of time the president will hold a dinner four times during each term as president to speak openly to Congress about how the Union as a whole is doing at that time.

The hopes of all mankind rest upon us—not simply upon those of us in this Chamber, but upon . . . the spirit that moves every man and nation who shares our hopes for freedom and the future.”

— John F. Kennedy, in his SOTU

Starting with George Washington every president has given or given a similar speech four to eight times during their terms as president.