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January 31, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

SOTU TRIVIA....Trivia fact of the day: Up through the Carter administration, outgoing presidents traditionally gave a final SOTU address shortly before leaving office (usually in early December until FDR skipped 1933 and moved the address into January). Ronald Reagan put a stop to this lame duck nonsense, leaving the 1989 address to George Bush Sr., and ever since then there have been no State of the Union addresses in the first year of a new administration. There have only been "administration goals" speeches before a joint session of Congress. This is why tonight's State of the Union is Bush's fifth, even though it seems like his sixth.

You may now return to your normal business.

Kevin Drum 7:56 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (19)

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Since he pretty much gives the same speech every time, it always seems like his first.

Posted by: Bud on January 31, 2006 at 8:00 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, I'm confused. So he didn't give a State of the Union speech last year?

Posted by: enozinho on January 31, 2006 at 8:02 PM | PERMALINK

I want the numbers. I come from conservatives and even they don't want to listen to him.

If they pre empt House, I could be making death threats later.

Posted by: Ashley on January 31, 2006 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

Oops, sorry, now I get it. Must have been another case of my pre-911 thinking. shame on me.

Posted by: enozinho on January 31, 2006 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

What I meant to say

I want the numbers on viewers.

I think they will be dismal. The smurf smurk and squinty eyes get worse as his numbers go down.

Posted by: Ashley on January 31, 2006 at 8:07 PM | PERMALINK

Heh... the SotU is sandwiched between the Oscar announcements and the Super-bowl anyways so nobody really cares.

Except the victims that'll fill the graves from their careless, ignorant, boot-up-yer-ass foreign policy, laggardly domestic policy, trepidous, angry and emotional hysterics....

Posted by: Darryl Pearce on January 31, 2006 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

Mmmm,5 too many!

Posted by: fred on January 31, 2006 at 8:12 PM | PERMALINK

Old and busted: State of the Union
New hotness: State of the Royals.

Ask not what your country can do for you, rather, ask what have you done for the Royals, today?

Posted by: jerry on January 31, 2006 at 8:13 PM | PERMALINK

So which speech will it be when W announces that he is King? This year? Or 2009?

Posted by: craigie on January 31, 2006 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

More appropriately SOTU are called," New Years Resolutions "

Posted by: James on January 31, 2006 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

I live in central Kentucky. If I promise to sneak onto a thoroughbred farm tonight and eat a large steaming pile of rank horseshit, can I skip the State of the Union?

Posted by: trueblue on January 31, 2006 at 8:30 PM | PERMALINK

Excellent, trueblue. But no need for a thoroughbred farm; a mule shed will do.

Posted by: shortstop on January 31, 2006 at 8:49 PM | PERMALINK

Eisenhower's outgoing SOTU was a blockbuster.

Has to be the most important SOTU of the 20th century.

Ranks up there with FDR's "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" and Kennedy's "We choose to go to the Moon, not because it is easy, but because it is hard."

Posted by: Taylor on January 31, 2006 at 8:53 PM | PERMALINK

You guys aren't watching Ball of Fire on TCM?

Barbara Stanwyck as a stripper on the lam.....

Posted by: Taylor on January 31, 2006 at 8:56 PM | PERMALINK

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;

I would prefer we return to the practice of doing this via letter.

Posted by: Ugh on January 31, 2006 at 9:01 PM | PERMALINK

Oh my goodness. I just heard Bush praising Mrs. Martin Luther King. But a few days ago I heard a bunch of his soul mates dissin the Kingster big time on his birthday.

Is this a liberal victory? The fact that these folks, and most especially their leader, would not dare dis Mr. King in public.

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on January 31, 2006 at 9:22 PM | PERMALINK

Ronald Reagan put a stop to this lame duck nonsense, leaving the 1989 address to George Bush Sr., and ever since then there have been no State of the Union addresses in the first year of a new administration.

Kevin: what are you talking about? 1989 was the first year of G.H.W. Bush's administration. If Reagan left the '89 address to Bush Sr., that means the latter did indeed give a SOTU address "in the first year of a new (his) administration." If I'm missing something incredibly obvious, I blame it on the late hour.

Posted by: P.B. Almeida on January 31, 2006 at 11:56 PM | PERMALINK

I rolled over and went to sleep when he referred to "weapons of mass destruction" early on.

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