Here’s Everything That Didn’t Happen in Last Year’s State of the Union

An annotated tour of the president’s 2013 remarks reveals the annual addresses are chock-full of proposals that don’t come to pass.

President Obama rests his hand next to a copy of his speech as he delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 12, 2013 at the Capitol.
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Marina Koren
Jan. 27, 2014, 8:56 a.m.

His­tory has shown that State of the Uni­on ad­dresses gen­er­ally tend to be, more or less, all the same.

So this week, Pres­id­ent Obama’s ad­dress will echo the re­marks de­livered by his pre­de­cessors. But it will also sound a lot like his own speech from just a year be­fore. Obama didn’t cross off most of the items on his policy wish list in 2013, and Tues­day’s ad­dress to Con­gress may sound like a broken re­cord.

For a look at what did and didn’t hap­pen in 2013, scroll through an an­not­ated ver­sion of the pres­id­ent’s 2013 re­marks. (Click­ing on the high­lighted por­tions of text brings up our com­ments.)

Contributions by Sarah Mimms and Ben Geman