From the White House, some historical perspective, and a peek behind the scenes, at the State of the Union Address. Even thought the requirement for delivering a State of the Union message is in the Constitution, are people generally aware that it was Woodrow Wilson who started the modern practice of actually delivering the State of the Union message in person? Before that, the President used to just send the text over to Congress. It also seems like a nice touch that the Speaker of the House actually sends a letter over to the White House inviting the President to give a State of the Union address. Let's hope that this tradition is not replaced by e-mail and You Tube anytime soon.