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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 1934 Starting a trend that
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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 1934

Starting a trend that continues today, FDR was the first president to refer to the yearly address as the "State of the Union."

Almost eight years before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the president said "I cannot, unfortunately, present to you a picture of complete optimism regarding world affairs."



(Credit: AP, 1934)

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Memorable State of the Union addresses

Notable State of the Union addresses through the years.