State of the Union Topics

This is the Democracy Now! news archive of interviews related to the annual State of the Union presidential addresses in the United States. Our archive includes interviews conducted during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.

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  • White House lawyers are mounting an aggressive defense of President Clinton only hours before he delivers his State of the Union address. In opening arguments before the Senate, Clinton’s defense team was focusing on conflicts in testimony gathered by independent counsel Kenneth Starr. This shift in strategy aims to undercut House charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, according to sources.
    Jan 19, 1999 | Story
  • President Clinton delivered his State of the Union address last night in the same chamber in which he was impeached just one month ago. Prominent in his speech was the fate of Social Security; he announced his intention to invest some of the Social Security funds in the market. Today we look at the privatization of Social Security with two people who are on opposite sides of the issue.
    Jan 20, 1999 | Story
  • In his seventh and last State of the Union address, President Clinton last night proposed building "a more perfect union" with billions of dollars in tax cuts and stiffer gun control, and called on Congress to seize on the nation’s prosperity to aid the middle class. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 28, 2000 | Story
  • As President Clinton speaks to the nation in his last State of the Union address as president, Doris Haddock, known as Granny D, is still trekking across the United States calling for campaign finance reform. We caught up with her as she cross-country skied on the C&O Canal from Maryland to West Virginia. She began her walk across the US on January 1, 1999, and plans to arrive in Washington, DC, this February 29th, on Leap Day. [includes rush...
    Jan 28, 2000 | Story
  • In the third State of the Union address of his term, President Bush defended the war on Iraq, called for the renewal of the Patriot Act, praised the improving economy and called for a ban on gay marriage. We spend the hour listening to responses to Bush’s address that paint a different picture of the State of the Union.
    Jan 21, 2004 | Story
  • In his State of the Union address, Bush claimed if the US did not invade Iraq, "the dictator’s weapons of mass destruction programs would continue to this day." He did not acknowledge, however, that U.S. inspectors have uncovered no unconventional weapons.
    A year ago at the 2003 State of the Union, Bush made the case for war by claiming that Iraq had 25,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tones of sarin,...
    Jan 21, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Leslie Cagan of the antiwar coalition United for Peace and Justice about Bush’s statements on Iraq. She criticizes Bush for "talking about a war but not mentioning that anybody has died in the war–either Iraqis or U.S. soldiers."
    And we hear from columnist and Institute for Public Accuracy director Norman Solomon who likens the State of the Union address to the "sanitized" media coverage of the Iraq...
    Jan 21, 2004 | Story
  • Bush called for a renewal of the controversial Patriot Act saying, "key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule." We speak with the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. [includes transcript]
    Jan 21, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with TransAfrica president Bill Fletcher about why Bush did not mention Africa once in his State of the Union address as compared to last year when Africa and the issue of AIDS were a major part of his address. [includes transcript]
    Jan 21, 2004 | Story