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1964: LBJ Declares War on Poverty -- In his first State of the Union, just two months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson called for an unconditional war on poverty. It involved a extensive set of interrelated programs regarding health care, urban centers in Appalachia and more.
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1974: Nixon is Defiant -- Amid the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon declares one year of the scandal to be "enough." His voice trembling, at one point he means to say, "we must replace the discredited welfare system," but instead says, "we must replace the discredited president."
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1982: Skutnik Steals the Show -- President Ronald Reagan begins the traditional of honoring guests at the State of the Union, turning to the House Gallery and recognizing Lenny Skutnik as a hero. Skutnik jumped into the waters of the Potomac River to help rescue the survivors of an airplane crash.
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1994: Clinton Teleprompter Malfunction -- President Bill Clinton's first State of the Union address in 1994 could have been a disaster when the teleprompter malfunctioned. But he quickly recovered and delivered the speech from memory, joking "I'm not at all sure what speech is in the teleprompter tonight, but I hope we can talk about the State of the Union."