Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Surprising ignorance

I was a little surprised today that Thom Hartmann thought that the president had a constitutional requirement to give an annual State of the Union speech. Victoria Jones did not correct him, though I don’t know if this was out of ignorance. The issue arose because the president’s speech tonight is not being billed as a SotU address. Ron Kuby, on the other hand, did research and found what I already knew, which is that the president is required only to make an occasional report of some kind to Congress.

That’s slightly arcane knowledge, but Hartmann is a guy who churns out books on divers topics the way creameries churn out butter, and who regularly quotes from the Federalist, Toqueville, etc. Maybe he should restrain himself from writing and quoting and instead force himself to read through the boring prose of the US Constitution, so that he can provide a more informed radio broadcast. :)

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