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The American Presidency Project is the only online resource that has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database:
 • The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913)
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Hoover to G.W. Bush (1929-2007)
& Obama (2010-Book I)

 • The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents:
Carter - G.W. Bush (1977-2009)

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Obama (2009-2012)
• Our archives also contain thousands of other documents such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates:

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State of the Union Addresses
Noteworthy State of the Union Addresses from the APP's complete archive:
"The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." 
George W. Bush - January 28, 2003
"The era of big Government is over. But we cannot go back to the time when our citizens were left to fend for themselves." 
William J. Clinton - January 23, 1996
"President Washington began this tradition in 1790 after reminding the Nation that the destiny of self-government and the "preservation of the sacred fire of liberty" is "finally staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." For our friends in the press, who place a high premium on accuracy, let me say: I did not actually hear George Washington say that. [Laughter]" 
Ronald Reagan - January 26, 1982
"Today, that freshman Member from Michigan stands where Mr. Truman stood, and I must say to you that the state of the Union is not good: Millions of Americans are out of work..." 
Gerald Ford - January 15, 1975
"I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough." 
Richard Nixon - January 30, 1974
"We must spare no effort to raise the general level of health in this country. In a nation as rich as ours, it is a shocking fact that tens of millions lack adequate medical care." 
Harry S. Truman - January 5, 1949
"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms." 
Franklin D. Roosevelt - January 6, 1941


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Proclamation 5219 - National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day, 1984
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#8 Ronald Reagan
Inaugural Address
#9 Democratic Party Platforms
2012 Democratic Party Platform
#10 George Bush
Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the State of the Union


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American Presidency Project State of the Union Data
Length of State of the Union Addresses
State of the Union: Presidential Rhetoric from
Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush

with an introduction by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley is the first comprehensive reference volume published in over four decades devoted to the president's Annual Message to Congress.

published by CQ Press
State of the Union
Lyndon B. Johnson Today in History
51  years  ago
Lyndon B. Johnson
Proclamation 3561 - National Day of Mourning for President Kennedy
November 23, 1963
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

To the People of the United States:

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, has been taken from us by an act which outrages decent men everywhere.

He upheld the faith of our fathers, which is freedom for all men. He broadened the frontiers of that faith, and backed it with the energy and the courage which are the mark of the Nation he led.

A man of wisdom, strength, and peace, he moulded and moved the power of our Nation in the service of a world of growing liberty and order. All who love freedom will mourn his death.

As he did not shrink from his responsibilities, but welcomed them, so he would not have us shrink from carrying on his work beyond this hour of national tragedy.

He said it himself: "The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it-and the glow from that fire can trul ...read full document

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The Document Archive Contains 107,941 Records
• Executive Orders 5706 • State of the Union Addresses 94
• Proclamations 7418 • State of the Union Messages 138
• Press Conferences 2028 • Inaugural Addresses 57
• Saturday Radio Addresses 1474 • Addresses to Congress (non-SOU) 49
• Fireside Chats (FDR) 27 • Addresses to Nation 249
• Veto Messages 1147 • Addresses to the United Nations 46
• Radio & TV Correspondents Dinners 38 • Addresses to Foreign Legislatures 71
• Party Convention Addresses 33 • College Commencement Addresses 158

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