State of the Union Address
The State of the Union Address is an annual address in which the President of the United States speaks to a joint session of Congress (consisting of both the Senate and the House of Representatives) on the status of the nation. The tradition stems from Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution: "He [the President] shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." Typically, the Address is used as an opportunity to outline the President's policy proposals for the coming year. A rebuttal from the political party opposing that of the President immediately follows the State of the Union Address.
Obama's 2011 Speech
Barack Hussein Obama's speech was unique in that it was judged to be lacking facts. Three Supreme Court justices refused to attend what they called a politicized "pep rally". Obama failed to adequately address the nation's crushing debt burden and from the time he spoke until the time he finished, the national debt clock moved an additional $100 million in the red.