How Biden’s State of the Union length compares to past speeches

President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address is the longest since Trump’s tenure.

This year’s remarks clocked in at 72 minutes, 10 minutes longer than he delivered in March 2022.

State of the Union addresses have gotten longer over the years. Former President Donald Trump’s longest address — in 2019 — lasted 82 minutes. His shortest, in 2020, was 78 minutes long. In comparison, former President Barack Obama’s longest speech lasted 69 minutes.

Biden covered a lot of ground in his remarks on Tuesday. He touted his administration’s efforts to boost the economy, called for more action on the climate crisis and called on Congress to finish work on a police reform bill. While the president criticized Republicans for threatening cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as trying to negotiate the debt ceiling, he also invited the GOP to work with Democrats.

“You know, we’re often told that Democrats and Republicans can’t work together,” Biden said. “Over the last two years, we’ve proven the naysayers and the naysayers wrong. Yes, we’ve had plenty of disagreements. And yes, there have been times when Democrats [were] Alone but time And once again, Democrats and Republicans came together.

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