File - President Barack Obama takes the podium to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 28, 2014 . (AP/Charles Dharapak)
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Day after day from morning to night, a small cadre of wordsmiths searches for the right message, tone and cadence for the U.S. president to speak to the American people.When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday in Congress, it will be the capstone of weeks of work for a team of White House speechwriters.The White House currently has nine speechwriters.At the White House, aboard Air Force One, between hotels, they live at the pace of the president's hectic schedule. Chief Speechwriter Cody Keenan, the lead writer on the State of the Union address, has compared the work to graduate school.The first State of the Union speech was delivered in January 1790 by George Washington.
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