State Of The Union Addresses Past

PHOTO: Joe Biden, Barack Obama and John BoehnerCharles Dharapak/Pool/AP Photo
Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio applaud President Barack Obama as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 12, 2013.

intro: To mark President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, we take a look back at past presidents' speeches.

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quicklist:1 title: Obama: A Rising Middle Class Should Be 'North Star' text: The president urges Congress to pass his plan for creating jobs.

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quicklist:1 title: Eisenhower Reviews Prospect for Peace text: State of the Union 1960: "We live in a divided world of uneasy equilibrium."

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quicklist:2 title: Jan. 30, 1961: JFK's Full State of the Union text:1961: President John F. Kennedy discusses the recession and unemployment then at the top of the American agenda.

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quicklist:3 title: Jan. 4, 1965: LBJ: 'Road to the Great Society' text: President Lyndon B. Johnson lays out plan to attack poverty.

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quicklist: 4 title: Jan. 30, 1974: Nixon Addresses Watergate Burglary text:State of the Union 1974: President Richard Nixon says he will cooperate with the investigation. He resisted, and finally resigned the presidency in August.

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quicklist:5 title: Jan. 15, 1975: Ford's State of the Union text: State of the Union 1975: President Gerald Ford on unemployment and the federal deficit.

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quicklist:6 title: Jan. 23, 1979: Carter's Plan to Control Inflation text: State of the Union 1979: President Jimmy Carter calls for a national health plan.

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quicklist: 7 title: Bush Reflects on the American Dream text: State of the Union 1990: George H.W. Bush on immigration, economy and freedom.

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quicklist: 8 title: Clinton on Health Care Bill text:State of the Union 1994: Bill Clinton pushes for universal health care coverage. His effort would fail; universal coverage was not passed until the Obama administration.

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quicklist:9 title: Clinton: 'The Era of Big Government Is Over' text: State of the Union 1996: President Clinton said the economy was the healthiest it had been in three decades.


quicklist: 10 title: Bush Coins the Term 'Axis of Evil' text:In the first State of the Union address after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush speaks to Congress in 2002.