Tonight’s State of the Union address could shape up to be President Obama’s final address to the nation unless he can win another 4 years in office. He’s clearly setting the stage for a fight with the last Republican standing after this year’s GOP primary race.
The president will frame the campaign to come as a fight for fairness for those who are struggling to keep a job, a home or college savings and losing faith in how the country works.
The speech will feature the themes of manufacturing, clean energy, education and American values. The president is expected to urge higher taxes on the wealthy, propose ways to make college more affordable, offer new steps to tackle a debilitating housing crisis and push to help U.S. manufacturers expand hiring. Read more about what will be discussed in tonight’s State of the Union Address on DeseretNews.com.
Date: January 24, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m., MST
Where to watch: KSL Channel 5, KSL.com – watch the live stream starting at 6:30 p.m., MST
What is the procedure?
Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-Ohio) will call the chamber to order at approximately 6:30 p.m. MST. Members of the Senate and house of representatives (that’s why it’s called the join session) and cabinet officials along with other officials enter to applause. A new tradition, started in 2011, will be adhered to again this year where senators sit beside their counterparts from across the aisle in a gesture of solidarity. The whole process can take as long as 30 minutes, especially since the President, Vice President and first and second ladies enter and spend time chatting with the Senators along the center aisle. The president will begin speaking at approximately 9 p.m.
The 2011 State of the Union address lasted one hour and two minutes.
Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) will give the GOP response immediately after the State of the Union address is compete, and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will deliver a response on behalf of the the tea party at the National Press Club, also immediately following the President’s remarks.