The Messy Relationship Between the State of the Union and the Constitution

And what the state of the union can tell us about the presidency

New York, Wall Street, Federal Hall and Trinity Church 1789 (Public Domain). On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the first oath of office on the balcony of the second floor of Federal Hall, then delivered his inaugural address in the Senate chambers.

Historian. Writer. Speaker. Author of THE CABINET.

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