The Cycle
updated 2/10/2013 8:47:49 AM ET 2013-02-10T13:47:49

As we gear up to watch President Obama's State of the Union Tuesday evening, we wanted to reflect back on his past State of the Union speeches in order to understand why this one speech is so powerful and important.

On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address before Congress. This is arguably the most important speech a president is tasked with giving. It is a time when the president lays out his future agenda and hopes to persuade Congress, and the American people, to come aboard his plan.


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