Did you know...?  State of the Union edition
January 25th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Did you know...? State of the Union edition

From Robert Yoon, CNN Political Research Director

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The first televised State of the Union was delivered by President Harry Truman on January 6, 1947.  President Lyndon Johnson moved the speech from its traditional midday time slot to prime-time in 1965 to attract a larger television audience. The first address to be webcast live on the internet was President George W. Bush's 2002 address.

President Obama's address last year, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, lasted 69 minutes and included 89 applause interruptions (Source: National Journal's Congress Daily).President George W. Bush's longest State of the Union address was on Tuesday, January 28, 2003, and lasted 67 minutes, including applause time (Source: White House); 19 "Saddam Hussein" references; 22 "terror"/"terrorism"/"terrorist" references.  One seat was left empty in the gallery in honor of September 11 victims (Source: Chicago Tribune).

President Bill Clinton's longest State of the Union address was on Thursday, January 27, 2000, and lasted 88 minutes (Source: American Presidency Project) and included 128 applause interruptions – a record for him.

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