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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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The American Presidency Project (americanpresidency.org), was established in 1999 as a collaboration between John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California,
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Our archives contain 105,439 documents related to the study of the Presidency.
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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.

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State of the Union
John F. Kennedy Today in History
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John F. Kennedy
Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Berlin Crisis.
July 25, 1961

[ Delivered from the President's Office at 10 p.m. ]

Good evening:

Seven weeks ago tonight I returned from Europe to report on my meeting with Premier Khrushchev and the others. His grim warnings about the future of the world, his aide memoire on Berlin, his subsequent speeches and threats which he and his agents have launched, and the increase in the Soviet military budget that he has announced, have all prompted a series of decisions by the Administration and a series of consultations with the members of the NATO organization. In Berlin, as you recall, he intends to bring to an end, through a stroke of the pen, first our legal rights to be in West Berlin-and secondly our ability to make good on our commitment to the two million free people of that city. That we cannot permit.

We are clear about what must be done-and we intend to do it. I want to talk frankly with you tonight about the first steps that we shall take. These actions will require sacrifice on the part of many ...read full document

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