State of the Union Speech
President Obama addressed Joint Session of Congress
Supreme Court justices, Cabinet officials, and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined House Members and Senators for the event.
As required by the Constitution, the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information on the State of the Union.” George Washington delivered the first address on January 8, 1790. Beginning with Thomas Jefferson, Presidents sent a written report until Woodrow Wilson revived the custom of giving a speech in 1913.
President Obama's speech was the 93rd given in person.
For more State of the Union history and traditions, check out the House Historian’s website.