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Raw Data: Oval Office Addresses in the Age of Television

President Obama's Oval Office Address

 

  • This is President Obama's first address to the nation from the Oval Office
  •  Obama is the first president in the age of television not to give an Oval Office address to the nation in his first year in office 
  • Obama’s Oval Office address is setting the stage for his meeting with BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg on June 16

 

  • As much as an estimated 114 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf since April 22 (10 times the size of Exxon Valdez)

 

Notable Oval Office Addresses

 

John F. Kennedy

 

 

  • Report on the Soviet Arms Buildup in Cuba (Naval Quarantine of Cuba) (Oct. 22, 1962)

 

  • Report on Civil Rights (June 11, 1963)

 

Lyndon Johnson

 

 

  • The President's Address to the Nation Announcing Steps To Limit the War in Vietnam and Reporting His Decision Not To Seek Reelection (March 31, 1968)

 

Richard Nixon

 

 

  • Address to the Nation on the War in Vietnam (The "Silent Majority") (Nov. 3, 1969)

 

  • Address to the Nation Announcing Decision To Resign the Office of President of the United States (Aug. 8, 1974)

 

Jimmy Carter

 

 

  • The Energy Problem: Address to the Nation (April 18, 1977)

 

  • Address to the Nation on Energy and National Goals ("The Malaise Speech") (July 15, 1979)

 

  • Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan Address to the Nation (Jan. 4, 1980)

 

  • Address to the Nation on the Rescue Attempt for American Hostages in Iran(April 25, 1980)

 

Ronald Reagan

 

 

  • Address to the Nation on Lebanon (Sept. 20, 1982)

 

 

  • Address to the Nation on the Air Strike Against Libya (April 14, 1986)

 

  • Address to the Nation on the Soviet-U.S. Summit Meeting (Dec. 10, 1987)

 

George H.W. Bush

 

 

  • Address to the Nation Announcing Allied Military Ground Action in the Persian Gulf (Jan. 16, 1991)

 

  • Address to the Nation on the Civil Disturbances in Los Angeles (May 1, 1992)

 

Bill Clinton

 

 

  • Address to the Nation on Airstrikes Against Serbian Targets in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) (March 24, 1999)

 

George W. Bush

 

 

  • Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks (Sept. 11, 2001)

 

  • Address to the Nation on Iraq (March 19, 2003)