At some point during the State of the Union speech that president usually more of less explicitly declares what his opinion of the state of the union is.
In 1999 President Clinton said, “My fellow Americans, I stand before you to report that the state of our union is strong.”
In 2002 George W Bush said, “Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger.”
Of course whether the state of the union was strong in 1999 and indeed got stronger in the next 3 years, is a question for history to judge.
I wonder how the president in his fifth year is going to characterize the state of this union now in 2006. Is it stronger still? Is it strongest? Is it secure? Prosperous?
He could say any these things. He could say all of these things. And he would be lying. But then that never stopped him before.
How would you characterize it? And how do you think George Bush will?