Millercenter.org’s summary of speech:
“The President praises his first administration’s restraint in keeping the government from spending too much or growing too large, while arguing that the Louisiana Purchase increases national security. Jefferson spends a great deal of time discussing better Indian relations, advocating for a responsible, moral government to execute the business of the nation.”
Thoughts on Transcript:
Where Jefferson’s first address focused on a need for unity and a shared view for awesomeness of the Constitution, his second address extols the successes of his administration, attacks the press, and discusses his policy decisions which are, and continue to be, disconnects between the major parties. Where his first address is humble, the second is commanding – the type of address given when a politician believes that he or she has a mandate to push the most ambitious policies of their platform. He again uses the phrase “fellow citizens”, this time on six occasions, but it varies in use between an inclusive connotation and a specific meaning for his supporters.