State of the Union


Today’s infographic takes various key words in State of the Union addresses since 2001 and creates size bubbles based on their use. Words and subjects include economy, war, and family. It shows a variety of things, including what is important to the President, and what is important to the his constituents.
According to Wikipedia, “The State of the Union is an annual address presented by the President of the United States to the United States Congress. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the president to outline their legislative agenda (for which they need the cooperation of Congress) and their national priorities.” According to this, it is primarily about the President’s thoughts.
But because the President is an elected official, it is based off of what the people want. Ask you students to do research based off of these addresses and see if this has been truly what the people wanted. What were the reactions to the speeches? What important events occurred after the address?


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