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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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Inaugural Address
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First Annual Message
#4 John F. Kennedy
Speech by Senator John F. Kennedy, Zionists of America Convention, Statler Hilton Hotel, New York, NY
#5 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Address at Madison Square Garden, New York City
#6 George W. Bush
Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks
#7 Ronald Reagan
Inaugural Address
#8 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 10990
#9 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1956
#10 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Executive Order 9256 Terminating the Electric Home and Farm Authority.


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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.

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State of the Union
Franklin D. Roosevelt Today in History
70  years  ago
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Remarks to Delegates to the Dumbarton Oaks Conference
August 23, 1944
Gentlemen, this is an informal occasion. I have not prepared any speech. This is merely a feeling on my part that I would like to shake hands with you. I should like to be able to go out to Dumbarton Oaks, to take a part in your discussions.

A conference of this kind always reminds me of an old saying of a gentleman called Alfred E. Smith, who used to be Governor of New York. He was very, very successful in settling any problem between capital and labor, or anything that had to do with the State Government in which there was a controversy.

He said if you can get the parties into one room with a big table and make them take their coats off and put their feet up on the table, and give each one of them a good cigar, you can always make them agree. Well, there was something in the idea.

You have a great responsibility. In a way, it is a preliminary responsibility. But after all we learn from experience, and what I hope is that in planning for the peace that is to come we will arrive  ...read full document

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• Radio & TV Correspondents Dinners 38 • Addresses to Foreign Legislatures 71
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