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Democrats Respond To State Of The Union Address

Following President Bush’s State of the Union Address, the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid delivered the Democratic response.

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This is the text of the joint address by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. [Read more…]


Democratic Response To The State Of The Union Address 2004

This is the response to the State Of The Union Address by Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic Leader, and Tom Daschle, the Senate Minority Leader. [Read more…]


State Of The Union Address 2004 – President George W Bush

This is President George W. Bush’s third State of the Union Address.

The speech was delivered in the House of Representatives chamber. [Read more…]


President George W. Bush’s 2003 State Of The Union Address

President George W. Bush has delivered his second State of the Union Address to the United States Congress.

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Text of President Bush’s State of the Union Address.

Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, fellow citizens:

Every year, by law and by custom, we meet here to consider the state of the union. This year, we gather in this chamber deeply aware of decisive days that lie ahead.

You and I serve our country in a time of great consequence. During this session of Congress, we have the duty to reform domestic programs vital to our country … and we have the opportunity to save millions of lives abroad from a terrible disease. We will work for a prosperity that is broadly shared … and we will answer every danger and every enemy that threatens the American people.

In all these days of promise and days of reckoning, we can be confident. In a whirlwind of change, and hope, and peril, our faith is sure, our resolve is firm, and our union is strong. [Read more…]


State Of The Union Address 2002 – President George W Bush

This is the prepared text of the State of the Union address, released by the White House prior to President Bush’s presentation to a nationally televised joint session of Congress.

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Official text of President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address.

BushMr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

As we gather tonight, our Nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger.

We last met in an hour of shock and suffering. In four short months, our Nation has comforted the victims, begun to rebuild New York and the Pentagon, rallied a great coalition, captured, arrested, and rid the world of thousands of terrorists, destroyed Afghanistan’s terrorist training camps, saved a people from starvation, and freed a country from brutal oppression. [Read more…]


Clinton Attacks Congress In Final State Of The Union Address

With 51 weeks remaining in his second term of office, President Bill Clinton today delivered his eighth and final State of the Union Address. In it he attacked the Republican-controlled Congress: “For too long this Congress has been standing still on some of our most pressing national priorities.”

Speaking to the joint houses of Congress, the President proposed a $350 billion tax cut and increased spending on schools and health care. He also argued for photo ID licenses for handgun purchases.

There were a number of references to Vice-President Al Gore in the speech as Clinton attempted to promote his prospects in this year’s presidential election. Clinton also emphasised the healthy condition of the American economy:

“We begin the new century with over 20 million new jobs. The fastest economic growth in more than 30 years. The lowest unemployment rates in 30 years. The lowest poverty rates in 20 years. The lowest African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates on record. The first back-to-back surpluses in 42 years.”

The speech was a clear justification and defence of the 7 years of Clinton’s administration and an attempt to avoid the “lame duck” tag often experienced by second-term presidents in their final year.


GOP Response To The 1999 State Of The Union Address

This is the Republican Party Response to President Bill Clinton’s 1999 State of the Union Address.

The State of the Union Address took place whilst Clinton was on trial in the Senate, following his impeachment by the House of Representatives in December 1998.

GOP Response to President Bill Clinton’s 1999 State of the Union Address.

DunnDunn: Good evening, I’m Jennifer Dunn. I represent the people of the 8th District of Washington state.

Largent: And I’m Steve Largent from the 1st District of Oklahoma.

Dunn: As you might imagine – if you’d been sitting with us in the House Chamber tonight as the president was giving his speech – you could have felt the swirl of history, These are disturbing and controversial times in our nation’s capital. [Read more…]


State Of The Union Address 1999 – President Bill Clinton

This is President Clinton’s seventh State of the Union Address, as delivered to a joint session of the United States Congress.

The Address is unique because it was delivered during Clinton’s Senate impeachment trial, following his impeachment by the House of Representatives the month before. Clinton was acquitted three weeks later and served out the remainder of his term.

President Bill Clinton’s 1999 State of the Union Address.

ClintonMr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, honored guests, my fellow Americans.

Tonight, I have the honor of reporting on the State of the Union.

Let me begin by saluting the new speaker of the House, and thanking him for extending invitations to two special guests who are sitting in the gallery with Mrs. Hastert. Lyn Gibson and Wei Ling Chestnut are the widows of the two brave Capitol Police officers who gave their lives to defend freedom’s house. [Read more…]


State Of The Union Address 1998 – President Bill Clinton

This is President Bill Clinton’s State of the Union Address, as delivered to a joint session of the Congress.

It was Clinton’s 6th State of the Union Address.

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President Bill Clinton’s 1998 State of the Union Address.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of the 105th Congress, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans:

Since the last time we met in this chamber, America has lost two patriots and fine public servants. Though they sat on opposite sides of the aisle, Representatives Walter Capps and Sonny Bono shared a deep love for this House and an unshakable commitment to improving the lives of all our people. In the past few weeks they’ve both been eulogized. Tonight, I think we should begin by sending a message to their families and their friends that we celebrate their lives and give thanks for their service to our nation. (Applause.) [Read more…]


State Of The Union Address 1997 – President Bill Clinton

This is President Bill Clinton’s 1997 State of the Union Address.

It was Clinton’s 5th State of the Union Address. It followed his re-election to a second term in November 1996 and his inauguration on January 20.

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President Bill Clinton’s 1997 State of the Union Address.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of the 105th Congress, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans:

I think I should start by saying thanks for inviting me back.

I come before you tonight with a challenge as great as any in our peacetime history — and a plan of action to meet that challenge, to prepare our people for the bold new world of the 21st century. [Read more…]