04 January 2013

State of the Union

 Did you know ... This week in 1790, President George Washington addressed a joint session of Congress to deliver the first State of the Union report, as called for the in the still young Constitution. The requirement did not demand a speech, and after delivering just one, President Thomas Jefferson began reporting in writing, feeling a speech was too magisterial. The spoken presentation was revived by Woodrow Wilson . Washington's address has echoes to this day, as he stated "the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of citizens, should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization."  Source: US Census Bureau

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