The U.S. Constitution requires the president to present to the Congress a report on the status of the country. This traditionally is done once each year.
In his first State of the Union address to Congress and the American public, President Obama covered numerous topics of current issues and proposals for moving forward. He addressed problems and solutions related to the economy and jobs, education, the political process in Washington, national security, and immigration.
For details, read the transcript of the president’s speech and see the reports filed by VOA correspondents and reporters (below).
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And, read more about the president's first year in office in our