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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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  • President Bush introduced proposals to cut U.S. gasoline consumption by 20 percent over 10 years and ease the country’s dependence on foreign oil. The president steered clear of calling for mandatory caps on U.S. carbon dioxide emissions and rejected calls for a commitment to stricter fuel economy rules. Award-winning New York Times science reporter Andrew Revkin analyses President Bush’s proposals. [includes rush transcript]
    January 24, 2007 | Story
  • President Bush delivered his sixth State of the Union address at a time when he is facing some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency. With his address, Bush hoped to lift his political standing and give a boost to his Republican allies in Congress who will be facing tough mid-term elections in November. However, the speech was noticeable for its absence of grand proposals to address the many challenges that the country faces. Among...
    February 01, 2006 | Story
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    In advance of President Bush’s state of the union address later tonight, author Gore Vidal delivers his own traditional state of the union address. We hear Vidal speak about patriotism, the NSA domestic surveillance programs, corporate America, Presidential powers and more. [includes rush transcript]
    January 31, 2006 | Story
  • In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Bush is expected to outline a set of energy proposals that administration officials say will address growing public anxiety over high energy costs. This will follow Exxon Mobil’s recent announcement of making the biggest annual profit ever earned by a U.S. corporation, drawing the criticism of consumer groups. We speak with Steve Kretzmann of Oil Change International about their...
    January 31, 2006 | Story
  • President Bush used his 2005 State of the Union address to reinforce his inauguration theme of spreading democracy around the world. In addition to hailing the elections in Iraq and the Palestinian Occupied Territories, Bush issued warnings to Iran and Syria. We speak with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies. [includes rush transcript]
    February 03, 2005 | Story
  • President Bush devoted a large portion of his State of the Union address to his push to restructure Social Security, kicking off a campaign to advocate for the privatization of the system. We host a debate with Paul Krugman of The New York Times and Eric Engen of the American Enterprise Institute. [includes rush transcript]
    February 03, 2005 | 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.
    January 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,...
    January 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...
    January 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]
    January 21, 2004 | Story