Only one president has done so – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – but others considered it, and even tried.
The vice president may be second in line for the most powerful job in the nation, but there isn’t necessarily a lot to do besides wait – unless the president wants another adviser.
This year is seeing a high number of absentee and mail-in ballots and voting in the period before Election Day – but early voting periods are not new to the 2020 election.
On March 12, 1933, President Roosevelt addressed the nation from the Oval Office during a time of great crisis. That ‘fireside chat’ proved broadcasting’s power as nothing before or since.
The self-references and superlatives used by President Trump made his State of the Union much more excessive linguistically than this speech’s tone typically is.
Calvin Coolidge, during one stretch of his presidency, was getting 15 hours of shut-eye each day, while William Howard Taft was known for nodding off during public events.
Trump’s promises to Native America have not always been the norm for US presidents. But Richard Nixon had a better record than most.