Strategically-released speech snippets from the White House confirm the rumors that the State of the Union is going to lay out an agenda for job creation and economic growth. The speech will stream live below, starting at 9pm EST.
Some speech highlights, released in advance by the White House:
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country - the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.
Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?"
Tonight, I'll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat - nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.
Honestly I think we need the dog and pony show to get those people with only a modicum of interest in politics to hear what their president wants to do. They may still oppose but at least they will be opposing him because they disagree with him not because of what Fox or MSNBC told them.
@Cheenoguy Well ya know I asked my three kids if they were going to watch? No. I asked my Arab neighbors on one side and my Jewish neighbors on the other side. Nope. I don't think much of America cares. We're all political junkies or we wouldn't be on this site. But I think this is a very narrow audience that would watch without all the pomp and circumstance. Most people I know decided it was a waste of time after Bush stood up there and lied his ass off about Iraq.
If they did it that way, in the oval with one camera, we wouldn't get to watch all of our illustrious leaders constantly standing, then sitting, then standing, then sitting ... all the while playing "Whack-a-Mole" in our heads. Where's the fun?