With the Republican nomination race ongoing and only a few months ahead the presidential election, Barack Obama starts his own campaign and the State of the Union speech is vital for a second bid. President Obama will deliver his speech on Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress.
Obama’s State of the Union speech will address themes such as jobs, taxes and housing, at a time when the U.S. is still fighting the slow economy and high unemployment rate. As bad as the situation is, the fact remains that Obama’s had back luck with the current term, and as much as he tried, the overall opinion is that the economy hasn’t been handled appropriately by the administration.
Reuters writes that “Obama is expected to push tax breaks for bringing manufacturing jobs home from overseas, ideas to help the troubled home-mortgage market and incentives for alternative energy development”.
The preview of the speech talks about two directions that the U.S. could go down the road. “One is towards less opportunity and less fairness. Or we can fight for where I think we need to go: building an economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few”.
This is the third speech Obama delivers at the State of the Union and is estimated to be watched by a record number of people. The president’s 2011 address has been viewed by 43 million people.
The State of the Union speech is just the beginning. On Wednesday, Barack Obama will begin a three days trip to essential states for his second bid, promoting the main themes of his speech. Three states are particularly important for Obama, Virginia, Michigan and North Carolina. At the moment, Obama’s popularity is extremely low in these states.
Today, GOP has been running ads in all the key states with a significant word to say at the elections, throwing mud at Obama for failing to revive the economy. The Republicans claim that Obama has helped his political allies through investments in companies that failed on the taxpayers’ money. They have used footages of Obama and Bill Clinton saying that Americans aren’t better off than they were four years ago.