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The American Presidency Project is the only online resource that has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database:
 • The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913)
 • The Public Papers of the Presidents:
Hoover to G.W. Bush (1929-2006)
& Obama (2009)

 • The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents:
Carter - G.W. Bush (1977-2009)

 • The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents:
Obama (2009-2012)
• Our archives also contain thousands of other documents such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates:

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State of the Union Addresses
Noteworthy State of the Union Addresses from the APP's complete archive:
"The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." 
George W. Bush - January 28, 2003
"The era of big Government is over. But we cannot go back to the time when our citizens were left to fend for themselves." 
William J. Clinton - January 23, 1996
"President Washington began this tradition in 1790 after reminding the Nation that the destiny of self-government and the "preservation of the sacred fire of liberty" is "finally staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." For our friends in the press, who place a high premium on accuracy, let me say: I did not actually hear George Washington say that. [Laughter]" 
Ronald Reagan - January 26, 1982
"Today, that freshman Member from Michigan stands where Mr. Truman stood, and I must say to you that the state of the Union is not good: Millions of Americans are out of work..." 
Gerald Ford - January 15, 1975
"I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough." 
Richard Nixon - January 30, 1974
"We must spare no effort to raise the general level of health in this country. In a nation as rich as ours, it is a shocking fact that tens of millions lack adequate medical care." 
Harry S. Truman - January 5, 1949
"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms." 
Franklin D. Roosevelt - January 6, 1941

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2008 Democratic Party Platform
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2008 Republican Party Platform
#3 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fireside Chat on Banking
#4 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1956
#5 John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address
#6 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 11110 - Amendment of Executive Order No. 10289 as Amended, Relating to the Performance of Certain Functions Affecting the Department of the Treasury
#7 Barack Obama
Statement on Signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
#8 Barack Obama
Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the State of the Union
#9 Barack Obama
Inaugural Address
#10 Franklin D. Roosevelt
State of the Union Message to Congress

The American Presidency Project (americanpresidency.org), was established in 1999 as a collaboration between John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Our archives contain 100,832 documents related to the study of the Presidency.
How President Obama Compares to Other Incumbents: Key Data
Presidential Job Approval
Winning Reelection including Obama Losing Reelection including Obama
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Economic Growth: change over quarter one year earlier first term and two prior years
Winning Reelection including Obama Losing Reelection including Obama
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      unemployment rate
Year Incumbent Result Jan Mar May Jul Sep
1956 Eisenhower won 4.0 4.2 4.3 4.4 3.9
1972 Nixon won 5.8 5.8 5.7 5.6 5.5
1976 Ford lost 7.9 7.6 7.4 7.8 7.6
1980 Carter lost 6.3 6.3 7.5 7.8 7.5
1984 Reagan won 8.0 7.8 7.4 7.5 7.3
1992 G.H.W. Bush lost 7.3 7.4 7.6 7.7 7.6
1996 Clinton won 5.6 5.5 5.6 5.5 5.2
2004 G.W. Bush won 5.7 5.8 5.6 5.5 5.4
2012 Obama TBD 8.3 8.2 TBD TBD TBD
Remarks on Primary Election Nights
Iowa Jan. 3 Romney Santorum Gingrich Paul Perry   Bachmann
New Hampshire Jan. 10 Romney Santorum Gingrich Paul   Huntsman  
South Carolina Jan. 21 Romney Santorum Gingrich Paul      
Florida Jan. 31 Romney Santorum Gingrich Paul      
Nevada Feb. 4 Romney Santorum Gingrich Paul      
CO, MN, & MO Feb. 7 Romney Santorum          
Maine Feb. 11       Paul      
Michigan & Arizona Feb. 28 Romney Santorum          
"Super Tuesday" Mar. 6 Romney Santorum Gingrich Paul      
Alabama & Mississippi Mar. 13   Santorum          
Illinois Mar. 20 Romney Santorum          
DC, MD & WI Apr. 3 Romney Santorum          
CT, DE, NY, PA & RI Apr. 24 Romney            
Rutherford B. Hayes Today in History
133  years  ago
Rutherford B. Hayes
Message to the House of Representatives Returning Without Approval "An Act to Prohibit Military Interference at Elections"
May 12, 1879
To the House of Representatives:

After a careful consideration of the bill entitled "An act to prohibit military interference at elections," I return it to the House of Representatives, in which it originated, with the following objections to its approval:

In the communication sent to the House of Representatives on the 29th of last month, returning to the House without my approval the bill entitled "An act making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1880, and for other purposes," I endeavored to show, by quotations from the statutes of the United States now in force and by a brief statement of facts in regard to recent elections in the several States, that no additional legislation was necessary to prevent interference with the elections by the military or naval forces of the United States. The fact was presented in that communication that at the time of the passage of the act of June 18, 1878, in relation to the employment of the  ...read full document

Election Resources
The Document Archive Contains 100,832 Records
• Executive Orders 4853 • State of the Union Addresses 92
• Proclamations 6049 • State of the Union Messages 138
• Press Conferences 1980 • Inaugural Addresses 59
• Saturday Radio Addresses 1345 • Addresses to Congress (non-SOU) 50
• Fireside Chats (FDR) 27 • Addresses to Nation 247
• Veto Messages 1141 • Addresses to the United Nations 43
• Radio & TV Correspondents Dinners 36 • Addresses to Foreign Legislatures 70
• Party Convention Addresses 36 • College Commencement Addresses 149

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