January 26th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

The more the State of the Union changes, the more it stays the same

Washington (CNN) - Shortly after losing the majority in the House during the midterm elections, can you guess what president said, "There are ways of disagreeing; men who differ can still work together sincerely for the common good. We shall be risking the nation's safety and destroying our opportunities for progress if we do not settle any disagreements in this spirit..."

Was it President Obama after the "shellacking" his party took last November or maybe President George W. Bush after his party lost control of both the House and Senate in 2006? It was neither.

It was President Truman, whose party lost the majority in the House of Representatives just before his State of the Union Address in 1951.


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