For the past 100 years, the annual delivery of a speech by the president has become less of an update and more of a political jab – from the Party in the Oval Office – at the other Party. As such, much like everything else in the Constitution, the State of the Union address has lost its importance but sadly also its purpose. It is no longer regarded as a gauge to how much progress has been done and how much is left to accomplish.
As a political tool, it would be most effective if the occupant of the Oval Office were more focused in advancing agendas which would benefit the whole nation instead of using it to score political points. Because of the way it has been used in the past 70+ decades, no longer is the not-in-charge political party expressed much interest, let alone enthusiasm for its practice.