And Mr. President, Don't Forget to Salute the Mrs.

So you snoozed through the State of the Union, or maybe you were watching WWF Smackdown on UPN instead. Here's the lowdown: at 89 minutes, it was the longest personally delivered State of the Union speech ever. (In 1946, Harry Truman sent his 25,000-word message to be read by a clerk. It took more than three hours.) Clinton spoke 9,298 words at 104 words per minute, a leisurely pace compared with his 9,375-word, 116-words-per-minute marathon in 1995, delivered in 81 minutes. The 2000 address received a record 119 ovations. Not one Supreme Court Justice showed up. And after praising Hillary, Clinton...

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