Being President

Setting the Agenda

The president is our nation’s leader and often has goals for what the United States should accomplish. The president must explain that vision to other leaders in our government and to the people.

The Constitution says the president must “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.” (They capitalized a lot of extra words back then.)

The president does this once a year by giving a speech to a joint session of Congress (both the House and the Senate together). In this speech, the president tells everyone how things are going and sets goals for the coming year. This speech is called the State of the Union address.

Response Question: 

Which president was the first to broadcast the State of the Union speech on the radio? Write a sentence explaining why it might be important to have the speech on radio or TV.

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