Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States accepts your invitation.
The pomp and circumstance that surrounds the president’s annual State of the Union address to Congress has begun with the delivery of the invitation from House Speaker John Boehner to President Barack Obama at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. (It’s still on paper, not an Evite).
“A new Congress provides us a renewed opportunity to find common ground and address the priorities of the American people,” Boehner said in the invitation for Obama to address a Joint Session of Congress on January 25.
“Recent events have reminded us of the imperfect nature of our representative democracy, but also how much we cherish the ideal that our government exists to serve the people,” he wrote.
At the State of the Union, the president gives Congress a heads-up on his priorities for the year. We imagine boosting the economy will top Obama’s list. Who can argue with that? Well, everyone. Especially when it comes to the ways and means of accomplishing that goal.
Here’s some trivia about the history of the State of the Union address. The longest was 27,651 words by President William Taft in 1919, and the shortest was 1,089 words by President George Washington in 1790.