The state of the president 大統領の現状
The state of the president
The Constitution requires presidents to provide Congress with periodic information on the “state of the union” and President George Washington delivered the required information in a speech to a joint session of Congress in 1790. That turned out to be an unfortunate precedent. Most of his successors haven’t been able to resist making it an occasion for a speech, either.
The presidents who followed him should have copied Thomas Jefferson. He mailed it in. A speech to a joint session of Congress struck him as too much like a king or an emperor speaking from the throne. For more than a century presidents heeded Jefferson’s advice and not until Woodrow Wilson arrived early in the 20th century did a president make a speech when a memo would have better sufficed.