On Tuesday, January 24, at 9:00 p.m., EST, President Barack Obama will give his 2012 State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. The State of the Union address allows the president to report on the condition of the nation, but it also gives him a national stage on which to outline his legislative agenda for the coming year.
In a video sent to supporters on January 21, Obama said this year’s address would focus on what he called the “central mission” of the nation: rebuilding an economy where “hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded—and an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules.”
Obama said his State of the Union address would be a “bookend” to a speech he gave on the economy in Osawatomie, Kansas on December 06, 2011 that focused on the inequality he sees in today’s economy and the disappearing middle class.
In the video sent to his supporters, Obama said his State of the Union address will include a blueprint for an economy that is “built to last.” Specifically, he said his blueprint contains four parts: more good jobs and more products made in America; energy produced in America and alternative energy sources; education and training that people need in order to succeed in today’s workforce; and a return to American values of fairness for all, and responsibility from all.
Watch the complete video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM9ArTbJquk.