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The Union in a Word
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1978 file photo, President Jimmy Carter gestures as he delivers 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 Walter Mondale is seated left, House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill of Mass. is at right. (AP Photo, File)