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President Obama's State of the Union: Quotable quotes from the past

Sen. John F. Kennedy speaks at the Long

Sen. John F. Kennedy speaks at the Long Island Arena in Commack on Nov. 6, 1960. Credit: Newsday

President Barack Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union Address Tuesday night at 9 before a joint session of Congress, U.S. Supreme Court justices, cabinet members and special invited guests. In some years this speech has vanished into the ether, while other years' orations have contained memorable phrases, like these five:

--"And while hoping and working for the best, we should prepare ourselves now for the worst." -- John Kennedy, Jan. 30, 1961

--"One year of Watergate is enough." -- Richard Nixon, Jan. 30, 1974

--"The State of the Union is not good." -- Gerald Ford, Jan. 15, 1975

--"The era of Big Government is over." -- Bill Clinton, Jan. 23, 1996

--"States like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil." -- George W. Bush, Jan. 29, 2002

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