Obama delivers his final State of the Union

By Don Rajael, CCNN Writer

Both houses of Congress gather for the State of the Union.

Obama delivered his State of the Union speech last Tuesday, outlining the condition of the nation and his vision for its future. He focused on job growth, education, and battling the growing threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Obama also said his one regret was being unable to bridge the divide between Democrats and Republicans.

Every USA president since Woodrow Wilson in 1913 has made at least one State of the Union speech. It’s traditionally given in late January or early February, during a joint session of Congress, when both the House of Representatives and the Senate come together.

The practice comes from the Constitution, the supreme law of America. It says that a president “…shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” In other words, the president needs to talk about the country’s health and how to fix its problems.

Featured image courtesy of Barack Obama Facebook. Image of Republican rebuttal courtesy of Joni Ernst Facebook.