State of the Union 2013

Each of the House Chamber’s 446 seats was filled for the 2012 State of the Union Address.
Each of the House Chamber's 446 seats was filled for the 2012 State of the Union Address.

Congress convened for the 2013 State of the Union Address on February 12, 2013

At the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, President Barack Obama delivered the 92nd State of the Union Address at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 9:00 p.m.

Formerly known as the “Annual Message,” the State of the Union Address has a rich history. Presidents Washington and Adams delivered live addresses to Congress, but in 1801 President Thomas Jefferson chose to submit his address in writing. That tradition held until President Woodrow Wilson resumed the practice of live addresses in 1913.

In addition to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, attendees included the President’s Cabinet, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief Justice and Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Diplomatic Corps.