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State of the Union Trivia -- PICTURES

January 21, 2012

In anticipation of President Obama's State of the Union address this Tuesday, Jan. 24, the National Journal has created a brief round of State of the Union trivia to keep you informed about the President's yearly address.

Question 1. Which President has given the longest (oral) State of the Union address?(AP)

Bill Clinton - He spoke for 1:28:49 during his last State of the Union address on Jan. 27, 2000(Richard A. Bloom)

Question 2. Which President has averaged the shortest (oral) State of the Union address?(AP)

 

Richard Nixon - He averaged roughly 35 minutes for his four oral addresses.(AP)

Question 3. Which President has given the longest (written) State of the Union?(AP)

Jimmy Carter - He topped the scales with a 33,667 word address for his last State of the Union on Jan. 16, 1981.(HARVEY GEORGES/AP)

 

Question 4. Which President gave the first oral State of the Union Address?(AP)

George Washington - Our first President gave the first oral State of the Union on Jan. 8, 1790.

Question 5. Which President gave the first written State of the Union address?(AP)

 

Thomas Jefferson - Our third President gave the first written State of the Union on Dec. 8, 1801.(Britt Reints/Flickr)

Question 6. What part of the U.S. Constitution forms the basis for the State of the Union address?(AP)

Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 - The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information on the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”(RON EDMONDS/AP)

 
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