History of the State of the Union Address

This video originally aired on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

About This Video

Senate Historian Donald Ritchie talked about the history of the State of the Union from George Washington to the present. The interview includes historic video clips, photographs, and artwork depicting joint sessions of Congress. This discussion was followed by portions of Presidents Kennedy’s 1963 and President Nixon’s 1970 State of the Union addresses.


Washington Politics, Executive Branch, State of the Union Address

Related Subjects/Topics

  • The President
  • Political Participation
  • U.S. History
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate


  • Senate Historian Donald Ritchie