The History Of The State Of The Union

Over the years, the State of the Union has become less of a report and more of a platform for the president to rally support for his agenda.
Posted at 7:13 PM, Jun 14, 2018

At the beginning of each year — with the exception of the first year of a new presidency — the president of the United States delivers an address to Congress and the nation at the U.S. Capitol in what is now known as the State of the Union. 

The yearly address can be traced to Article 2, Section 3. Clause 1 of the Constitution:  

"The President of the United States shall from time to time ... give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."