They Laughed When I Stood Up to Give the State of the Union Address

Delivering your first State of the Union address? Don't be nervous -- just follow this simple outline, based on the first States of the Union of our recent Presidents, and writing your speech will be easy.

I. The People's Greatness

Clinton

"If we simply give ordinary people equal opportunity, quality education and a fair shot at the American dream, they will do extraordinary things."

Bush

"I know this about the American people ... We'll match our ingenuity, our energy, our experience and technology, our spirit and enterprise against anyone."

Reagan

"We ... believe in the integrity, decency and ... good sense...

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