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The Union in a Word
FILE - This Jan. 25, 1983 file photo shows President Ronald Reagan receiving applause prior to making his State of the Union Address on Capitol Hill in Washington. Is “strong” losing its strength? Presidents of both parties have long felt compelled to sum up the state of the union with a descriptive word or two in their State of the Union addresses. Mostly the same word. For many years now, “strong” has been the go-to adjective. Vice President George Bush is at left, House Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. of Mass. is at right. (A Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)