"The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."
-- Article II, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution
In 1790 George Washington delivered the first "Annual Message" to Congress. Now, 220 years later, the tradition continues. President Barack Obama gave the annual State of the Union address to Congress and the American people on January 27, 2010.
The White House blog outlined the following key points from the address:
Each year the State of the Union address is followed by a response from the opposition party. This year it was Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell who delivered the response. View his full response to President Obama's State of the Union address from the CBS website.
As with Presidents before him, President Obama made many large statements in his annual address. How do these statements hold up to fact? Various agencies have checked the validity of many of the statements made in the 2010 State of the Union address, see how the facts stack up: Associated Press, ABC News, National Public Radio, FactCheck.org.
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