State of the Union Address
Three Branches of Government
The formal basis for the State of the Union Address is from the U.S. Constitution:
The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Article II, Section 3, Clause 1.
The constitutionally mandated presidential message has gone through a few name changes:
- It was formally known as the Annual Message from 1790 to 1946.
- It began to be informally called the "state of the Union" message/address from 1942 to 1946.
- Since 1947 it has officially been known as the State of the Union Address.