Other than President Ford, everyone including W. Bush seemed to think the state of our union was good even as we entered two wars. That and other similarities are very interesting and clearly ongoing if you watch the snippets from State of the Union speeches from Kennedy to the present.
Also, here is a short, but interesting read talking about how many people take part in writing the State of the Union speech. The video below short clip on the making of the 2012 speech.
On Tuesday, you might want to go to the "enhanced" White House page where you can get lots of extra tidbits about the speech as it progresses. This means you will be able to watch the speech and see graphics at the same time.