The Constitution’s mild requirement has become a tiresome exercise in political exhibitionism, the most execrable ceremony in the nation’s civic liturgy, regardless of which party’s president is abusing it. You worship bipartisanship? There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the ways the parties try to milk partisan advantage from this made-for-television political pep rally.
Read the rest of George Will's essay here. I think we should return to the more dignified days when presidents sent a written State of the Union message to Congress and did not deliver an address.