Behind the Scenes: Past Presidents Prep for State of the Union

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National Archives
Jimmy Carter Working on his State of the Union address, January 1978.
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The White House
President Obama goes through an early draft of his 2013 speech with then chief speechwriter Jon Favreau, December 2012.
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The White House
President George W. Bush Prepares for the State of the Union Address (National Archives), January 2004.
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Clinton Presidential Library
William J. Clinton working on his 1996 State of the Union Speech in the White House Family Theatre with Leon Panetta, George Stephanopoulos and Vice President Albert Gore, Jan. 23, 1996.
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Clinton Presidential Library
William J. Clinton working on his 1994 State of the Union Speech with George Stephanopoulos in the Limousine at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 25, 1994.
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National Archives
Jimmy Carter working on his State of the Union address, January 1978.
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Yoichi Okamoto/LBJ Library
President Lyndon B. Johnson's staff prepares for the State of the Union Address, from left to right: Jack Valenti, Joe Califano, Jan. 12, 1996.
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Yoichi Okamoto/LBJ Library
President Lyndon B. Johnson's staff prepares for the State of the Union Address, from left to right: Mc George Bundy, Jack Valenti (seated at desk), Joe Califano, Douglas Cater, Jan. 12, 1966.
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