What you Need to Know About 2019’s SOTU Address

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Michigan. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Michigan. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The State of the Union address was originally scheduled for January 29th, but after the House Speaker became concerned about security due to the government shutdown, the speech was delayed. It’s been rescheduled though; President Trump accepted an invitation from Pelosi to deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5th.

What Will he Talk About?

President Trump will talk about the state of the union. Specifically, he’s expected to talk about things such as immigration, China, and artificial intelligence. He could bring up topics such as 5G and other technology advancements.

Why do They Give the SOTU?

Annually, the President of the United States gives a State of the Union address. This address fulfills the requirements in Article II of the Constitution, which state that the president has to periodically “give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” [1]

Although they can give a written address, most presidents give their speech personally and have it broadcasted on television.

How Long is the SOTU?

There’s no required length for the State of the Union. Bill Clinton holds the record for the longest SOTU address with an hour and twenty-nine minutes. Nixon managed to sum up the State of the Union in just under 29 minutes. [2]

Can I Watch It?

Absolutely. This year SOTU will begin at 8 p.m. CT. Every major network will be showing it so you can have your pick from your favorite channels. CBS News, NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, and so on. Spanish-speakers can find a real-time Translation at Noticias Telemundo.


Notes:

  1. ^Amiri, Farnoush. “2019 State of the Union address: What you need to know.” NBC News, 5 Feb. 2019, www.nbcnews.com/storyline/smart-facts/2019-state-union-address-what-you-need-know-n956921. (go back↩)
  2. ^1.2 Length of State of the Union Addresses in Minutes (from 1964) | The American Presidency Project.” 5 Feb. 2019, www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/presidential-documents-archive-guidebook/annual-messages-congress-the-state-the-union-0. (go back↩)

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