Politics The State of the Union Hasn't Always Been 'Strong' Here are the other ways American presidents have summarized the nation's condition. Libby Isenstein National Journal Jan 11, 2016 We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Libby Isenstein is a graphic artist for National Journal. Twitter News and updates from the editors of National Journal magazine.