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    Notable Speeches: The State of the Union and Nobel Lectures

    As the first president of the United States, George Washington established the precedents for the office. One of the most enduring traditions he began was the delivery of a State of the Union address. The constitution required the president to update Congress on the nation’s progress, but didn’t specify how or when. It was Washington who decided those particulars. The State of the Union remains one of the major speeches of the year. Other notable annual speaking events are the Nobel lectures. Today, we present a sample of noteworthy public speaking moments from presidents and Nobel laureates.

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