Former Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he wants the pageantry of the State of the Union address to be once again reduced to a written letter to Congress.
The modern State of the Union, delivered in a prime-time speech and widely televised, is a "tasteless, classless spectacle," the George W. Bush-era White House budget director wrote in aWashington Post opinion piece published Sunday.
"Effusive, cued applause, camera-conscious backslapping, stony-faced growls of disapproval and eventually even catcalls from America’s lawmakers have drained what little was left of a serious tutorial about national challenges and priorities. What remains: a tired, farcical theatrical experience more likely to promote cynicism than citizenship in its viewers," Daniels wrote.