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24 Pictures From History That Capture The Spirit Of The State Of The Union Address

“The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed." —President George Washington at the first State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1790.

Posted on February 5, 2019, at 7:22 p.m. ET

President George W. Bush rehearses his State of the Union address in the family theater of the White House on Feb. 1, 2005.
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President George W. Bush rehearses his State of the Union address in the family theater of the White House on Feb. 1, 2005.

President Barack Obama works on a draft of his State of the Union address in the Oval Office on Jan. 27, 2014.
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President Barack Obama works on a draft of his State of the Union address in the Oval Office on Jan. 27, 2014.

President Bill Clinton and Director of Speechwriting Michael Waldman go over the State of the Union speech at the White House on Jan. 26, 1998, as first dog Buddy lies in the background.
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President Bill Clinton and Director of Speechwriting Michael Waldman go over the State of the Union speech at the White House on Jan. 26, 1998, as first dog Buddy lies in the background.

President Jimmy Carter works on his State of the Union message at the White House on Jan. 23, 1979.
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President Jimmy Carter works on his State of the Union message at the White House on Jan. 23, 1979.

President Lyndon B. Johnson consults with assistants while drafting the State of the Union address at the White House on Jan. 12, 1966.
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President Lyndon B. Johnson consults with assistants while drafting the State of the Union address at the White House on Jan. 12, 1966.

President George H.W. Bush reviews his first State of the Union in the Oval Office, Feb. 8, 1989.
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President George H.W. Bush reviews his first State of the Union in the Oval Office, Feb. 8, 1989.

President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy leave the White House on Jan. 11, 1962, for the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union.
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President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy leave the White House on Jan. 11, 1962, for the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union.

President Barack Obama stands with members of Congress as Bill Livingood, House sergeant at arms (left), and Terrance Gainer, Senate sergeant at arms (right), prepare to escort them onto the floor of the House Chamber at the US Capitol on Jan. 25, 2011.
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President Barack Obama stands with members of Congress as Bill Livingood, House sergeant at arms (left), and Terrance Gainer, Senate sergeant at arms (right), prepare to escort them onto the floor of the House Chamber at the US Capitol on Jan. 25, 2011.

President John F. Kennedy delivers his State of the Union to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 14, 1963.
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President John F. Kennedy delivers his State of the Union to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 14, 1963.

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone takes a group photo of women Democrats wearing all white in protest of President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.
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New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone takes a group photo of women Democrats wearing all white in protest of President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.

President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon arriving in the House Chamber of the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014.
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President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon arriving in the House Chamber of the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014.

The presidential binder sits closed before President Donald Trump delivers a State of the Union address on Jan. 30, 2018.
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The presidential binder sits closed before President Donald Trump delivers a State of the Union address on Jan. 30, 2018.

First lady Michelle Obama waves as she is introduced during President Barack Obama's State of the Union on Jan. 12, 2016.
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First lady Michelle Obama waves as she is introduced during President Barack Obama's State of the Union on Jan. 12, 2016.

Carryn Owens, widow of Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens, reacts after being recognized by President Donald Trump during his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.
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Carryn Owens, widow of Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens, reacts after being recognized by President Donald Trump during his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.

Crewmembers tune into the State of the Union address by President George W. Bush in the Mess Hall on board the USS Nimitz on Jan. 28, 2003, off the coast of Southern California.
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Crewmembers tune into the State of the Union address by President George W. Bush in the Mess Hall on board the USS Nimitz on Jan. 28, 2003, off the coast of Southern California.

Shoppers at an electronics appliance store in Los Angeles watch President Bill Clinton deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 27, 1998.
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Shoppers at an electronics appliance store in Los Angeles watch President Bill Clinton deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 27, 1998.

People watch President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union speech on Feb. 12, 2013, in Miami.
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People watch President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union speech on Feb. 12, 2013, in Miami.

DACA recipients and their supporters turn their backs in protest as US President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address on Jan. 30, 2018.
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DACA recipients and their supporters turn their backs in protest as US President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address on Jan. 30, 2018.

President Reagan admires a birthday card presented by members of Congress at the conclusion of his State of the Union speech on Feb. 7, 1985.
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President Reagan admires a birthday card presented by members of Congress at the conclusion of his State of the Union speech on Feb. 7, 1985.

Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and House Speaker Samuel Rayburn listen to President John F. Kennedy give the State of the Union address on Jan. 30, 1961.
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Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and House Speaker Samuel Rayburn listen to President John F. Kennedy give the State of the Union address on Jan. 30, 1961.

President Franklin Roosevelt presents his State of the Union address via radio broadcast on Jan. 3, 1936.
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President Franklin Roosevelt presents his State of the Union address via radio broadcast on Jan. 3, 1936.

Mrs. Barbara Bush (center in blue) applauds President George H.W. Bush’s arrival to the House chamber on Jan. 31, 1990, where the president made his first State of the Union address.
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Mrs. Barbara Bush (center in blue) applauds President George H.W. Bush’s arrival to the House chamber on Jan. 31, 1990, where the president made his first State of the Union address.

President Ronald Reagan greets members of Congress as he makes his way across the House floor after completing his 1984 State of the Union address to the nation.
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President Ronald Reagan greets members of Congress as he makes his way across the House floor after completing his 1984 State of the Union address to the nation.

President Barack Obama waves as he walks back up the aisle at conclusion of his State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.
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President Barack Obama waves as he walks back up the aisle at conclusion of his State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.


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