Remembering Previous State of the Union Addresses

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

John Hockenberry walks through some moments from past State of the Union addresses, looking at the themes that always recur: the economy, health care, jobs, the deficit and changes big and small to our constitution and government.

When we speak of America's priorities, the first priority must always be peace for America and the world. – – President Richard M. Nixon (Jan 22, 1970)


We should outlaw all wiretapping, public and private..…wherever and whenever it occurs, except when the security of this Nation itself is at stake. – President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Jan 10, 1967)


States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. – President George W. Bush (Jan 29, 2002)


We remain committed to approving our labor laws to better protect the rights of American workers. And our nation must make it clear that the legal rights of women as citizens are guaranteed under the laws of our land by ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.   – President Jimmy Carter (Jan 23. 1979)


Raise present taxes to cut future deficits, they tell us. Well, I don't believe we should buy that argument. There are too many imponderables for anyone to predict deficits or surpluses several years ahead with any degree of accuracy. The budget in place when I took office had been projected as balanced. It turned out to have one of the biggest deficits in history. – President Ronald Reagan (Jan 26, 1982)


For the untold number of hard working, responsible American workers and businessmen and women who've been forced to go without needed bank loans: The banking credit crunch must end. – President George H W Bush (Jan 28, 1992)


We should bring more citizens under the coverage of old-age pensions and unemployment insurance.
We should widen the opportunities for adequate medical care.
We should plan a better system by which persons deserving or needing gainful employment may obtain it.
I have called for personal sacrifice. I am assured of the willingness of almost all Americans to respond to that call. – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Jan 6, 1941)

With thanks to The American Presidency Project, who sourced some portion of the audio

Produced by:

Adam Hirsch and Caitlin Shamberg

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