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The Union in a Word
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1999 file-pool photo, President Bill Clinton gestures while giving 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 Gore, left, and House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Ill. listen. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, File-Pool)