It is not the only such speech in the world. In addition to Britain, where the “Speech from the Throne” is now more than four centuries old, you can hear similar addresses in Russia, the Netherlands, Norway, and South Africa, among many other countries. America’s is the most celebrated, though. Even if Representative Giffords were sitting in her seat, as she has for the last four years, there’s no question that Tuesday’s event would attract enormous attention. But would it warrant all the interest? Or would it still just be what one critic wrote a few years back, a concoction of “outsized promises, tiresome applause … and flabby rhetoric”?An excerpt from our cover story, State of the Union: The crafting of a speech. More headlines from CSMonitor.com previewing what to expect from the SOTU: Will Obama’s push to the center appeal to the left? & A State of the Union fight ahead over US government spending . Plus, take our State of the Union quizto see how much you know.
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