Today’s my third State of the Union as a political reporter, if you count Obama’s first address to Congress as President in January 2009. They embody the combination of silliness, taking things too seriously and not taking anything seriously enough that characterizes big-time political events, but few remember that SOTU used to be a report the president would send in the mail. When Woodrow Wilson decided he wanted to come to the Hill and give Congress the news in person, everybody freaked out.

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