Yet another thing I don't understand

Once every year I listen to some elected official talk to a bunch of other elected officials and appointed officials about what our country is doing, what is should do and other such information. Here is what I don't understand about it:

"That sure was a good State of the union." This has been said to me three times today. I don't get it. Does this mean that they watch every year and critique it like a movie or music? Is the State of The Union art?