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Major stories on President Clinton's past State of the Union addresses from The Washington Post.

1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993

1999


President Says Prosperity Must Be Used for the Elderly
January 20, 1999
President Clinton avoided any mention of his political troubles, instead stressing that the country's prosperity must be used to prepare for the burden of a rapidly aging population in the next century.

Cooking Up the Word Stew
January 19, 1999
As Clinton's chief speechwriter, affable Michael Waldman is head chef of a stew that has what seems like an infinite number of cooks, served to a customer with his own demanding tastes.

Impeached President Set to Address Nation
January 19, 1999
President Clinton will propose in his State of the Union address a $1 billion expansion of the federal government's efforts to help the nation's most disadvantaged families move from welfare to work.

State of Union Puts GOP in a Dilemma
January 15, 1999
Many GOP lawmakers are wrestling with how to demonstrate respect for the office of the presidency without endorsing the conduct that prompted them to vote to impeach the chief executive in December.

1998


President Pledges He'll Maintain Activist Agenda
January 28, 1998
President Clinton presented a glowing review of a nation prospering and secure because of his policies and ignored his personal problems.

Composed in the Center of the Storm
January 28, 1998
A News Analysis: President Clinton delivered a robust yet relaxed State of the Union address that gave no hint that he felt his leadership -- let alone his tenure in office -- was in jeopardy.

In the Capital, A Brief Return to Normalcy
January 28, 1998
What promised to be a memorable evening of political theater turned out to be a temporary hiatus in the storm of crisis.

Saving Surplus for Social Security Praised
January 28, 1998
President Clinton's call to put the future of Social Security at the top of his agenda won cautious praise from Republicans and Democrats.

Social Security: Clinton's State of the Union Opener
January 27, 1998
At a moment of maximum political peril, President Clinton plans tonight to open a national debate on the most sacred and untouchable of government programs, Social Security.

1997


Clinton Says He'll Mount 'Crusade' for Education
February 5, 1997
President Clinton used his annual State of the Union address to sketch the agenda that will shape his second term. The result was a mix of grand rhetoric about how the country must unite combined with a list of small government actions.

The Challenge of Turning Slogans Into a Practical Agenda
February 5, 1997
In his 1997 State of the Union address, President Clinton's challenge was to recast the political sloganeering of the 1996 campaign into a compelling and concrete agenda to move the country forward.

1996


Clinton Embraces GOP Themes in Setting Agenda
January 24, 1996
Borrowing liberally from Republican themes, President Clinton declared that the "era of big government is over" and sought to ease middle-class anxieties with an upbeat vision of a nation pulling together to ready itself for the new century.

A Preview of the 1996 Campaign? President Shows Strength in His Matchup With Dole
January 24, 1996
President Clinton was longer and stronger than Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole, his possible reelection opponent, as they faced off in back-to-back television speeches that were, in effect, the first debate of the 1996 campaign.

President Had Right Address
January 25, 1996
With 10 undecided voters from New Jersey, Clinton won the evening by a mile with a message that to these voters transcended the partisan rancor of Washington.

1995


Clinton Calls for a Centrist 'Social Compact'
January 25, 1995
In his 1995 State of the Union address, President Clinton presented to a sharply partisan Congress a vision of a "new social compact" between a nation committed to civic responsibility and a centrist government that is cheaper, more effective and less intrusive.

Some Hear Echo of Past Success in Clinton Speech
January 26, 1995
For a dozen Chicago-area voters, President Clinton's speech served as a reintroduction to a politician who has been largely invisible for the past few months – and there was much about it they liked.

1994


President Insists Congress Enact Reforms in Welfare, Health Care
January 26, 1994
President Clinton threatened to veto any health care proposal that does not guarantee coverage for all Americans and laid down a broad, unequivocal challenge to Congress to deliver on his ambitious domestic agenda.

Clinton Asks 'Naysayers' for a Hand
January 26, 1994
In President Clinton's 1994 State of the Union Address there were no sweeping new programs, no dramatic surprises. But it was vintage Clinton, a style by now familiar for the breadth of the subject-matter, the jazz-like riffs of rhetoric, the lectern-jabbing gestures and the easy segues from policy detail to moral passion.

1993


Asking American to 'Face Facts,' Clinton Presents Plan to Raise Taxes, Cut Deficit
February 18, 1993
President Clinton presented a four-year blueprint for reinvigorating the American economy, pairing one of the largest tax increases in history with significant deficit reductions, new government spending to create jobs and a promise of fairness for the middle class.

Change Doesn't Come Cheap
February 18, 1993
President Clinton promised the voters in 1992 that if he was elected he would reverse the Republican policies of the past 12 years. A year later, he finally explained the full cost of living up to that promise – a volatile political mix of new taxes and spending cuts on which he is gambling his presidency.

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