free, efficient, equal…


It was on this day in 1790 that the first State of the Union Address in American history took place. George Washington delivered it in New York City which was the capital of the U.S. at the time. He spoke before the Senate and House of Representatives, giving a fairly short speech, about the equivalent of three single-spaced typewritten pages.
“Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives:“… The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed, and I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you in the pleasing though arduous task of insuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect from a free, efficient, and equal government.”

The Poetry Almanac 1/8/22

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