In so many words: the State of the Union

Interesting statistics from The American Presidency Project, via a concise article in reason, on the relative length of State of the Union messages. Perhaps surprisingly, among modern presidents, only Barack Obama and Bill Clinton exceed Calvin Coolidge in average “wordiness”. Another tidbit: William Howard Taft was not only the most obese, but also the most verbose of presidents, at least when taking the length of his SOTU address as a measure.