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E-mail the “State of the Union”

January 28, 2018

President Donald Trump will give his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

President George Washington gave the first State of the Union address on January 8, 1790. All twenty-seven presidents who followed delivered their address in writing.

President Woodrow Wilson broke that history by delivering his address in person. Woodrow Wilson is regarded by political conservatives and Libertarians as the worst President in a series of “losers” who have occupied the Office of the President. Seeing an opportunity for self-promotion, Wilson gave his State of the Union address in person.

All subsequent Presidents, except Herbert Hoover, followed Wilson by giving personal addresses. Given what we know about Donald Trump’s love of media, there was never a chance that President Trump will attempt to diminish this evidence of excesses of our imperial Presidency.

But, if President Trump wanted to begin to reduce the control of the “deep State,”  he could have done that by sending the President’s State of the Union to the U.S. Congress by messenger or e-Mail.

Instead, he will give this address in person and challenge his limited ability to read. Journalists have observed that President Trump does not read speeches well, and this address will be no exception. Only afterward, when he gives interviews or Tweets will the unleashed Trump be revealed.

Nevertheless, when he believes what he is saying, President Trump can read an effective speech. His speech honoring Bob Dole was given a standing and long, heartfelt, ovation.

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