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Historical Context of the State of the Union Address

Charles Zug and Connor Erwig Feb 05, 2018

CC Graduate Fellow Charles Zug joins with Connor Ewing to discuss the history of the State of the Union address for the Washington Post

Zug and Ewing write that the address is "an unapologetically partisan performance" that has the power to "improve public perception of the president." Historically, however, they note that the address was followed by vigorous Congressional debate and multiple back-and-forth responses between the President and Congress. 

Read more about the historical role of the State of the Union address here