February 4, 1997 |
When the U.S. political elite assembles at the Capitol for President Clinton's State of the Union address tonight, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman will be prepared to take over if disaster strikes. Glickman, according to a White House official, is designated survivor for the speech, taking his turn in a macabre rotation that ensures that someone in the national leadership will be left to carry on if all those at Clinton's speech are somehow wiped out.
January 28, 1987 |
President Reagan departed Tuesday night from his usual practice of picking out individuals for recognition as heroes in his State of the Union address and instead voiced a broad-ranging salute to an "uncommon nation of doers." "In America, we the people are in charge," he said. "They are the entrepreneurs, the builders, the pioneers, and a lot of regular folks--the true heroes of our land who make up the most uncommon nation of doers in history," Reagan said. "America isn't finished," he said.
January 23, 1987 |
House Republican leader Robert H. Michel warned Thursday that unless President Reagan sends Congress a clear signal on his legislative plans in his State of the Union address Tuesday, the lawmakers themselves will take charge of the agenda for the 100th Congress. "Seeing the kind of things we're up against, this would have to be one of his more important State of the Union messages," the veteran Illinois legislator told a breakfast session with Times reporters.
January 26, 2003 |
In a preview of Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Bush on Saturday gave a glimpse of what will dominate his 2003 agenda: boosting the economy, making the country safer from attack, giving the elderly greater access to health care and preaching the gospel of compassion. "Our nation faces many great challenges all at once," Bush said in his weekly radio address, summing up what aides have described as the overarching theme of the upcoming speech.
January 25, 1994
Viewers can watch President Clinton's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress today at 6 p.m. on CBS, NBC, ABC, KTTV, PBS, KMEX, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, CNN and CNBC. The speech will be followed by a Republican response. Radio stations KABC-AM (790), KCRW-FM (89.9), KFI-AM (640), KFWB-AM (980), KNX-AM (1070), KPCC-FM (89.3) and KPFK-FM (90.7) also will cover the address. It will be rebroadcast on C-SPAN at 8:30 p.m., CNBC at 9 p.m. and CNN at 10 p.m.
January 29, 2003 |
President Bush designated Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft to stay away from his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, making Ashcroft the successor to head the government should catastrophe strike at the Capitol. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, hospitalized for a back condition, also was absent. Mineta is the lone Democrat in Bush's Cabinet. The absence of a Cabinet secretary maintained a long-standing tradition that one member not attend presidential addresses to Congress.
January 24, 1995
Foreign affairs will take a back seat to domestic issues and partisan politics when President Clinton delivers his second annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress today. Clinton will probably claim credit for restoring Haiti's democratically elected president to office, for halting North Korea's nuclear weapons program and for keeping U.S. troops out of Bosnia. He may also urge greater cooperation on international crime.
January 28, 1987 |
Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) called President Reagan's State of the Union message "excellent," and Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) said he was pleased that the President appeared to be in good health but added that his speech failed to touch crucial issues. "It was an excellent State of the Union message," Wilson said. "The President was both conciliatory to Congress and challenging. It was an ambitious speech with a broad pallet.
January 24, 1996
Key topics touched on by President Clinton in his State of the Union address and by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas in the Republican response: CLINTON Education: "I challenge parents to be their children's first teachers. Turn off the TV. See that the homework gets done. Visit your children's classroom." Budget: "Our responsibility here begins with balancing the budget in a way that is fair to all Americans." Families: "We need a tax credit for working families with children. . . .
January 12, 1989 |
Following is the prepared text of President Reagan's farewell address to the nation Wednesday night: My fellow Americans, this is the 34th time I'll speak to you from the Oval Office, and the last. We have been together eight years now, and soon it will be time for me to go. But before I do, I wanted to share some thoughts, some of which I have been saving for a long time. It has been the honor of my life to be your President.