President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address takes place Tuesday evening in front of a joint session of Congress.
On December 19, Obama was formally invited by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to give the annual address.
See live updates on Obama’s address below:
live blog Oldest Newest Share + Today 8:47 PM ESTHow Many Will Watch? Last year's SOTU scored 33,299,172 viewers. (Nielsen only counts folks watching at home on TVs; no web streams.) This year: higher or lower?
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 21, 2015
RBG in the House. pic.twitter.com/gMhqO3e8L6
— Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) January 21, 2015
#SOTU is an important tradition in our shared political history, regardless of party. I’m watching tonight. Are you? http://t.co/Ehs0oBecis
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama will be donning his now-infamous tan suit this evening, according to senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer.
The President's suiting up for the big speech. Tune into http://t.co/tmsUd5yh5y at 9pm ET #YesWeTan pic.twitter.com/FC8sKb8hda
— Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) January 21, 2015
Back in August, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) went on a fairly extensive rant about the president’s attire. The interview was flagged by BuzzFeed:
“There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” King said of President Obama on NewsMaxTV. “When you have the world watching… a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out — I’m not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy. This is a week after Jim Foley was beheaded and he’s trying to act like real Americans care about the economy, not about ISIS and not about terrorism. And then he goes on to say he has no strategy.”
Middle-class economics and ISIS, the issues King highlighted, are on the agenda for tonight’s the State of the Union address. Will Rep. King give us another glorious rant about the president’s fashion sense this evening?
— Julia Craven
HuffPost’s Sabrina Siddiqui sat down with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) ahead of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address.
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HuffPost’s Mike McAuliff sat down with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) ahead of Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address.
Read more here.
MSNBC’s Ari Melber reports:
When President Obama delivers the State of the Union Tuesday night, he will outline ideas that have been months in the making. The speech is typically the most watched presidential address of the year – 33 million viewers caught it live in 2014 – yet many people may not realize how much goes into the big night.
“This is sort of the World Series, and the Final Four, and the Super Bowl – all rolled into one for the Obama speechwriting operation,” says Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to Obama.
Read more here.
#StateOfTheUnion is tonight. This is how I'm going to watch from work! @WhiteHouse http://t.co/ufWIRBCORy
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) January 20, 2015
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake reports on an ad running in the Washington area during Obama’s speech that likens “climate change deniers to other science deniers who turned out to be very wrong.” Read about it here.
Sneak peek at my prep for tonight’s Republican Address following #SOTU pic.twitter.com/kF8a9IVfR4
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) January 20, 2015
HuffPost is interviewing Obama administration officials immediately after the president’s annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.
For more information, go here.
The AP reports:
Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress.
Obama’s calls for increasing taxes on the wealthy, making community college free for many students and expanding paid leave for workers stand little chance of winning approval from the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill. But the debate over middle-class economics is looking critical for the coming campaign.
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Yahoo’s Meredith Shiner reports:
It may only draw half the viewers it once did, but for staffers at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday night’s annual State of the Union address by the president is their Super Bowl.
Read more here.
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