But what about the countries that have not been mentioned? The Washington Post has looked through all of the State of the Union speeches since 1964 to see which ones are conspicuous by their absence. In total, almost 70 nations have not been directly mentioned in the past half-century of State of the Union addresses.
Some of the countries omitted are understandable – there was probably little reason for a president to mention the Solomon Islands – but others may come as a surprise. European nations such as Ireland and Belgium have never been mentioned. The United Arab Emirates hasn't been mentioned, nor has Malaysia. Bangladesh, one of the most populous countries in the world, has not been directly referenced in the past 50 years.
In some cases, there's a technicality: Countries such as Latvia and Estonia were referred to as the "Baltics," while countries like Montenegro, Slovenia and Montenegro were once known as "Yugoslavia."
But it's not hard to notice certain regions have been omitted more than others: Notice the big purple blots over Central Asia and Western and Central Africa in the map above? The State of the Union is a major opportunity for U.S. leaders to explain how they see the world – but apparently some parts of the world are more visible than others.
To see what countries were mentioned, click here. The full list of those not mentioned is below.
|Central African Republic||Africa|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Africa|
|Papua New Guinea||Oceania|
|Republic of Congo||Africa|
|The Bahamas||North America|
|United Arab Emirates||Asia|