intro: To mark President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, we take a look back at past presidents' speeches.
quicklist:1 title: Obama: A Rising Middle Class Should Be 'North Star' text: The president urges Congress to pass his plan for creating jobs.
quicklist:1 title: Eisenhower Reviews Prospect for Peace text: State of the Union 1960: "We live in a divided world of uneasy equilibrium."
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.
quicklist:3 title: Jan. 4, 1965: LBJ: 'Road to the Great Society' text: President Lyndon B. Johnson lays out plan to attack poverty.
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.
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.
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.
quicklist: 7 title: Bush Reflects on the American Dream text: State of the Union 1990: George H.W. Bush on immigration, economy and freedom.
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.
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.