Chinanews.com, February 8th. According to the US Fox News (Fox) report, at 9:00 pm local time on the 7th, US President Biden officially delivered a State of the Union speech, mainly showing his achievements during his presidency and the next year. work plan.
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The annual State of the Union address is an important speech delivered by the President of the United States to Congress. The main content is to propose the work agenda for the next year and summarize the achievements that have been made.
According to Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the President shall "provide Congress with information on the state of the country at all times, and submit to Congress such bills as he deems necessary and appropriate."
The law says nothing about the annual report, nor does it require the president to provide "information on the state of the country" himself.
Therefore, in the past 200 years, successive US presidents have interpreted this requirement differently.
For most of the 19th century, presidents simply submitted a written statement to Congress.
The first president of the United States, Washington, was the first president to deliver the State of the Union address in a speech. It was in 1790, and the place of delivery was New York City, the original capital of the United States.
However, when Jefferson, the third president of the United States, opposed this method, he thought it was too much like an imperial speech.
So in the next 100 years, the successive US presidents just handed over the text to the Congressional representatives to read it to the members.
Until 1913, President Wilson went to Congress to deliver his first State of the Union address, calling for reform of the high US tariffs.
As the power of the U.S. president has grown over the past century, the State of the Union address has grown in importance.
The advent of television and radio broadcasts has allowed the president to address the American people directly, further enhancing the impact of the State of the Union address.
In 1923, Coolidge became the first U.S. president to deliver the State of the Union address on radio.
However, it was President Roosevelt who came to power in 1932 who could really be called the "Master of Radio Speech".
Roosevelt delivered his famous "Four Freedoms" State of the Union address in 1941, laying out the rights that Americans would soon fight for, even as the United States was on the verge of entering World War II.
It wasn't until 1947, during the Truman era, that the president's speech to Congress was officially called the State of the Union address, and television stations began broadcasting the State of the Union speech live.
In the 1960s, in order to win higher ratings, President Johnson changed the time of the State of the Union speech to 9 p.m. prime time.
The State of the Union address is highly flexible and focuses on both domestic and foreign policy needs.