On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Donald Trump gave his first ever State of the Union speech. Trump spoke for about an hour and twenty minutes. However, if you felt that Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech was the longest, then you will be surprised to know that it wasn’t! If you want to know more about the longest State of the Union address, keep on reading.
On Tuesday, Trump reviewed the first year of his administration and policies and spoke a bit about health insurance. Furthermore, he asked Congress to look after his agenda on various policies like national security and immigration.
Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was the third longest speech. If you want to know whose speech was the longest, then we have the answer for you below!
Who Delivered the Longest State of the Union Speech?
To date, the longest State of the Union Speech was given by the 42nd President of the United States, William Clinton, also known as Bill Clinton.
Clinton gave his State of the Union speech in 2000 and spoke for one hour and twenty-eight minutes. That is the longest speech ever given by any of the presidents!
In another one of his State of the Union speeches, which took place in 1995, Clinton spoke for about one hour and twenty-four minutes. His total average recorded speech time is one hour and fourteen minutes.
Bill Clinton’s State of the Union Speech Given in 2000
Clinton’s speech read, “We begin the new century with over 20 million new jobs; the fastest economic growth in more than 30 years; the lowest unemployment rates in 30 years; the lowest poverty rates in 20 years; the lowest African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates on record; the first back-to-back surpluses in 42 years; and next month, America will achieve the longest period of economic growth in our entire history. We have built a new economy.”
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The president’s speech further stated, “To 21st century America, let us pledge these things: Every child will begin school ready to learn and graduate ready to succeed. Every family will be able to succeed at home and at work, and no child will be raised in poverty. We will meet the challenge of the aging of America.”
Clinton concluded his speech by saying, “After 224 years, the American revolution continues. We remain a new nation. And as long as our dreams outweigh our memories, America will be forever young. That is our destiny. And this is our moment. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”