Photo of Obama giving his State of the Union Address.
Obama is getting ready to present his State of the Union Address. CC by White House (Pete Souza)/Wikimedia Commons

Every year, the president gives a State of the Union address to Congress. President Obama will be making his very soon. The economy is to feature heavily as the substance of the annual presidential address. Job creation and increasing American competitiveness in international trade is probably going to be among the main points. Fiscal policy, especially spending policy, is also thought to be a major point.

The President’s State of the Union

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President Barack Obama gives the second State of the Union address of his presidency on Tuesday, Jan. 25. It’s one of the biggest political events of the year, and there’s a new theme for this year’s address, according to ABC. The parties won’t be seated in separate wings this year, as is traditional. Instead, there will be a mix in the seating of Democrats and Republicans. The idea was Senator Tom Udall’s (D-Colo.), who thought it would be nice if members of Congress would be willing to get “dates” to show bipartisan solidarity after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in Tucson. A “date” means members asking someone from the opposite party to sit with them.

Addressing competitiveness and economy

The focus of the 2011 State of the Union address is going to be the economy. The Obama presidency has had to focus on that issue more than anything else. The Washington Post reports that President Obama has a focus on education, job creation and initiatives that will make the United States more competitive in trade. Obama has been emphasizing the need to be an international powerhouse economically in recent stump speeches, and he is expected to expand on that theme in the annual address to Congress. In light of recent events, gun control may be brought up. Fiscal policy is another possibility.

Foreign relations in the address

There is a good chance foreign policy will be mentioned. There are plans to pull out of Iraq completely by the end of the year — and by the end of 2014, out of Afghanistan completely. There will be a lot of people broadcasting the State of the Union, including most networks and news channels.

Articles cited

ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/State_of_the_Union/state-union-date-night-lawmakers-court-seating-partner/story?id=12747545&page=1

Washington Post: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/24/AR2011012402682.html?hpid=topnews

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