January 29, 2008
• Richard Nixon fired nine speech writers for writing a State of the Union addresses that got fewer than 3 laughs and 50 "interruptions for applause" while delivering it. He also insisted on increasing the number of standing ovations each year.
• Since 1982 each party has issued instructions to its members regarding at which point during State of the Union Addresses to clap, to cheer, to stand and to do nothing.
• Bill Clinton holds the record for both longest time for delivering a single State of the Union address (one hour twenty seven minutes fourteen seconds) and the highest average time (one hour six minute seven seconds).
• While delivering his 1955 State of the Union address Dwight Eisenhower consumed one half gallon of milk.
• Bess Truman would bring her knitting when she attended Harry S Truman's State of the Union addresses.