Why You Should Watch the State of the Union Address

Why You Should Watch the State of the Union AddressPresident Barack Obama will give the State of the Union address Tuesday, February 12, beginning at 9 p.m. from the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and, as a citizen concerned about his well-being and that of others, one ought to watch.

The State of the Union address, which usually lasts about an hour, is an annual speech given by our nation’s leader to Congress in which he reports on the state of the country and also gets to outline his future legislative agenda. That report, as well as the President’s plan, are of great concern these days.

It is no secret that the American economy has not been the same since 2007 and, with the U.S. unemployment rate at 7.8%, citizens want to know what President Obama has planned to get us back on track. The big focus of Obama’s speech on Tuesday will most likely focus on the economy and how to put the unemployed back to work.

The President will also detail his priorities for the next four years which should include the aforementioned economy, climate change and energy policy, bipartisanship efforts, foreign policy changes, and gun control. The economy, jobs, and how to offset the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts that will occur over the next 10 years are all topics of concern for the American public. Recently, though, with the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, gun control has presented another national debate that the President is most surely to mention.

The State of the Union address, typically given during January or  February, is not a requirement of the President, however, all Presidents from Woodrow Wilson on has delivered one or more State of the Union address to Congress. The U.S. Constitution, in Article II, Section 3, calls for the President to report on the state of the nation “from time to time.”

So tune in Tuesday to find out the state of our great nation and to hear about what President Obama has planned to keep the United States of America the greatest nation on Earth.