US President Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden

Biden becomes just fourth President to have given both joint address and SOTU rebuttles

ANI | Updated: Apr 29, 2021 09:39 IST

Washington [US], April 29 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Wednesday night delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress that makes him the fourth president in history to deliver both a congressional address as president and a State of the Union party response.
Only three other presidents have done the same: Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, noted CSPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman, as cited by The Hill.
"Joe Biden becomes the fourth politician to deliver both a Presidential address to Congress and, in a previous job, their party's response to a SOTU (other three: Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush)," Mortman wrote in a tweet.

Then-Senator Biden delivered the Democratic responses to Republican President Ronald Reagan's State of the Union addresses in 1983 1984. Biden served as a senator for six terms representing Delaware before becoming vice president under former President Obama in 2009.
The tradition of the party response dates back to 1966.
Gerald Ford, president from 1974 to 1977, gave three State of the Union address during his presidency. As a Minnesota representative, Ford delivered three Republican party responses to the addresses made by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson between 1966 and 1968, according to the House of Representatives website, as cited by The Hill.
In 1985, then-Representative Bill Clinton spoke on behalf of the Democrats after Reagan's address. George H.W. Bush, at the time a Republican congressman, was among those who offered a rebuttal to Democratic former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.
This year's opposition speech was delivered by Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. (ANI)