Today’s Special Occasion: The State of the Union

It's January 12, and tonight President Obama will give his last State of the Union address.  American School does not take political positions, but tonight's speech is worth discussing from two standpoints.  First, it's a speech, so students in our online Public Speaking course or in our paper-based Speech course can watch it and perhaps pick up a few pointers to help them in their studies.  Second, the State of the Union is our government in action, so students in our online Government course or in our paper-based Social Civics course can watch it and learn more about how our government operates.  If you tune in at 8 p.m. Chicago time, you'll see President Obama walk into the House of Representatives, where Vice-President Biden (who presides over the Senate) and Speaker of the House Ryan will be waiting for him along with the entire 535 members of Congress.  You'll see Supreme Court justices there as well as many members of President Obama's cabinet.  As a fun challenge for yourself, try to identify the cabinet member who is not present.  Various broadcasts may identify the cabinet member who is not present, but a cabinet member always is absent and watches the speech from a secure location in case of a disaster at the Capitol.  We hope you can tune in tonight for at least part of the speech to learn more about speech, government and the state of our country at the present moment. 

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