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 January 11, 2016 Link Copied We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com. Libby Isenstein is a graphic artist for National Journal. Connect Twitter News and updates from the editors of National Journal magazine.