Politics: From the Archives

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.

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Reena Flores
Jan. 27, 2014, 9:16 a.m.

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.”

Sound fa­mil­i­ar?


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