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In 50 Years, Media Hype Over the State of the Union Address Hasn’t Changed

Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 State of the Union, as covered by Universal-International Newsreels.

Reena Flores
January 27, 2014

Cue the soaring music, the play-by-play of the president's trip to Capitol Hill, and the dramatic narration.

 

If it weren't for the grainy black-and-white images, it might feel like news coverage from the 21st century.

The media pageantry over the president's annual State of the Union address isn't new, and in this Universal-International newsreel from a half-century ago, Ed Herlihy reports on a speech that contained the typical talking points. Johnson "called anew for civil rights" and encouraged a "forthright attack on unemployment."

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