Tonight, January 30, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will stand before a joint session of Congress to deliver his first State of the Union address. We expect the President to talk about immigration, infrastructure, and the current state of America.
Thanks to the evolution of broadcast and technology, presidents hopped on the opportunity to become the first to deliver their State of the Union on platforms where their message can be heard on a larger scale.
In the very beginning of United States presidency, some presidents mailed their State of the Union to Congress. Others chose to place it in the local newspapers.
Rundown of Firsts
1801: Thomas Jefferson was one of the first to have his State of the Union address mailed.
1923: Calvin Coolidge was the first president whose State of the Union address was broadcast over the radio.
1947: Harry Truman was the first president to have his State of the Union speech air on television.
On January 28, 1986: Ronald Regan was the first president to put a State of the Union on hold because of a disaster. The space shuttle Challenger exploded earlier that day.
2002: George W. Bush’s State of the Union was the first to air over the internet
2004: George W. Bush is also the first president to have his State of the Union televised in high-definition.
Perhaps 2018 will go down in history as the first State of the Union Address given in the form of a tweet, or a series of tweets.