Trump's first State of the Union was a snoozefest

The state of our union? Bored.

Trump in front of the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives
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In President Trump's first State of the Union speech, an address roughly the length of Rashomon, he proved something important: No one, not even the most bizarre, norm-defying commander in chief of modern times, can save us from this annual outdated exercise in mandatory tedium.

I say "mandatory" because it's true that the Constitution does stipulate that the president must, from time to time, "give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." But is it really necessary to do this in the course of a yearly 80-some minute televised speech? Trump gives us information and recommends policies for our due consideration roughly once an hour via his favorite social media platform. I think this is perfectly in keeping with both the spirit and the letter of what the Founding Fathers wrote. He even capitalizes the first letter of nouns the way they did.

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