Melissa Harris-Perry | February 10, 2013
>> fun facts. in 1790 , it was formally called the annual message. no one knows what that is. since 1942 , it's referred to as the state of the union . a moniker that the state of the union gives the president a chance to lay out his plans for the next year, giving congress and citizens an update on the country's general well being. that's not the only fun fact about the state of the union . the nerdland crew has dug up some more. it is time -- for pop quiz . state of the union edition. go ahead and play at home. you can tweet your answers using #nerdland. ring your bells if you know the answer. calm it down there richard .
>> sorry. sorry.
>> here is the first question, which president delivered the shortest state of the union ?
>> nope. earlier. here is the hint. the president has no pred assessor to learn from.
>> george washington .
>> there you go. a nerdland sticker. george washington . his state of the union was 1,089 words long. it's basically the length of the columns i have to give richard .
>> 89 words longer than i give richard . on the other hand, who gave the longest state of the union ? [ inaudible ]
>> you got it. who else but our friend bill clinton . in 2000 , his state of the union was 1:28:49. he loves to talk. it's true.
>> he is slower, too. a southern drawl .
>> yeah, but i think he likes hearing himself.
>> the applause.
>> he likes the applause lines. question three. it's about to get harder. sorry. name either of the two president who is never gave a state of the union . and they never gave it because of circumstance that is could not be helped.
>> was it jefferson?
>> no, he wrote it.
>> no, he gave a bunch. it was -- it's all right if you didn't know this one nerdland. william henry harrison and james garfield . i have a sticker if you know why.
>> they died.
>> he died before -- it's very sad.
>> wear your overcoat at the inauguration is the story here. all right. which president gave the first televised state of the union address ?
>> didn't you tell us at the beginning of the program? wasn't it lbj or fdr?
>> no. lbj gave the first prime time one. that was the classic plant false information that's kind of clues.
>> we weren't listening to context clues.
>> it was truman in 1947 . it just happened to be during the day.
>> jfk looked best doing it.
>> true. i think president obama has a stately way of giving states of the union . who was the first lady to invite guests to the state of the union ? she was, herself, formerly an actress.
>> go, go, go.
>> nancy reagan .
>> you got it! nancy reagan is correct. the answer was nancy reagan . in 1982 , she invited lenny scutnick considered a hero for saving somebody's life. now, they are called scutnicks for that reason.
>> which television show did rob gibbs, then president obama 's press secretary promise that president obama would not interrupt with his state of the union ? which tv show was it?
>> you got it. abc thriller. gibbs say i don't foresee a scenario where millions of people who hope to get conclusion with "lost" are preempted by the president.
>> thank goodness for that one. you guys are fantastic. everybody ends up with a sticker. i love it. up next, the gop. i'll give you one for hanging out with us. up next the gops identity crisis. are they at war with each other? mom