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January 29, 2006|SWATI PANDEY

When President Bush addresses Congress on Tuesday, he probably will sum up the state of the union in a word or two. Here's how past presidents have filled in the blank:

--SWATI PANDEY

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The state of the union is ... "favorable"

George Washington, 1790

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"purified by sorrows and strengthened by conflict"

Andrew Johnson, 1865

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"closely knit together"

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1942

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"good"

John F. Kennedy, 1963

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"free and restless, growing and full of hope"

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965

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"sound, and full of promise"

-- Richard M. Nixon, 1973

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"not good"

-- Gerald Ford, 1975

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"still not good enough"

Ford, 1975

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"better"

Ronald Reagan, 1982

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"sound and strong"

George H.W. Bush, 1990

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"the strongest it has ever been"

-- Bill Clinton, 2000

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"confident and strong"

George W. Bush, 2005

Source: The American Presidency Project

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