As we count down to the State of the Union, we take a look back at other State of the Union speeches

  • WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: U.S. President George W. Bush, flanked by Vice President Dick Cheney (L) and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL), delivers his second State of the Union address September 28, 2003 at the Capitol building in Washington DC. President Bush emphasized the importance of disarming Saddam Hussein, one year after he declared Iraq to be part of an 'axis of evil.' (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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  • Pres. Bush working on his State of Union speech, pen-in-hand, sitting at his WH Oval Office desk (during 1st wk. of US-led allied gulf war against Iraqi enemy occupiers of Kuwait). (Photo by Diana Walker//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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  • President Harry S. Truman making his State of the Union speech. (Photo by Francis Miller//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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  • WASHINGTON, : US President John F. Kennedy (C) wipes his forehead as he delivers the State of the Union address before Congress in Washington, DC, in January 1963 as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (C, back) looks on. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • WASHINGTON, : Photo taken 30 January 1973 in Washington of US President Richard Nixon delivering his State of the Union Address to the Congress. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: US President Bill Clinton accepts the applause of members of Congress late 19 January on his arrival at the podium for his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. At left behind the president is US Vice President Al Gore and US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-IL. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Win MacNamee (Photo credit should read WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: President Ronald Reagan shaking hands with Hse. Spkr. Tip O'Neill during State of the Union Address. (Photo by Terry Ashe/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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  • WASHINGTON DC - JANUARY 4: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) President Gerald R. Ford at work in the Oval Office two weeks before his first State of the Union address January 4, 1975 in Washington, DC. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/ Getty Images)
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  • WASHINGTON - JANUARY 28: U.S. President George W. Bush delivers his final State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol January 28, 2008 in Washington, DC. Bush, in his last address, spoke on such topics as the uncertainty of the economy, the status of the war in Iraq, and immigration reform. (Photo by Pool via Getty Images)
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  • WASHINGTON - JANUARY 27: U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) greet the U.S. President Barack Obama before his speech to both houses of Congress during his first State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on January 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. Since taking office a little over a year ago, Obama's approval ratings have dropped significantly according to recent polls. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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  • US President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress and the Supreme Court on January 25, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • President Barack Obama reaches to shake hands with Congressional pages after delivering the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress in the House chamber at the Capitol on February 12, 2013 in Washington. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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