Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If everyone who visited our website in the next week donated just $15, we would cover all of our operating costs for the year. We can't do it without you. Please donate today. It takes just a couple of minutes to do your part to make sure Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Your Donation: $

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.

Newest First | Oldest First
  • 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]
    January 21, 2004 | Story
  • Bush denounced gay marriage saying, "Our nation must defend the sanctity of marriage." He also said a constitutional ban on gay marriage may be needed if "activist judges" ignored public will. We hear from a gay community activist who traveled to Canada to get legally married. [includes transcript]
    January 21, 2004 | 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]
    January 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...
    January 28, 2000 | 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.
    January 20, 1999 | Story
  • 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.
    January 19, 1999 | Story