A great interactive graphic by the Guardian team shows the decline in the reading level of presidential State of the Union addresses.
With all the great sites below promoting their live blogs, we had to throw our hat into the ring. The Monitor’s live chat on Facebook with Dave Cook, our DC Bureau Chief, and Abe McLaughlin, our former White House correspondent will start at 8:45 pm Eastern.——-
Besides the SOTU live blog we’re running, here are a few more to croll through. Pick your poison. Throw out others you’ll be reading in the comments or reply back and we’ll update this post. Happy viewing!
Word Cloud for Barack Obama’s 2010 SOTU address
Word Cloud for Thomas Jefferson’s 1807 SOTU address
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.