Presidential scholar and former White House speech writer Stephen Hess has seen many presidents deliver the State of the Union message, and studied its evolution over the past two centuries. As Washington prepares for President Obama’s second such address, the senior fellow emeritus discusses the history of the speech.
What to expect from Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address
[The recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee report on Russian meddling] is a thorough and comprehensive view of Russia’s decades-long political warfare against the West. The lesson learned from Europe, which has borne the brunt of Russian attacks, is that Russia can be deterred but that requires leadership. For that reason, this report would have sent a much stronger message to the Trump administration if it had Republican support. As is, it is an urgent warning and a call to action, but it may fall on deaf ears.