AC360° Associate Producer
President Obama delivers his first State of the Union (SOTU) Address tonight. It is the 221st annual presidential message in the nation’s history.
His chief political adviser says the president will focus on job creation, the economy and fiscal responsibility. He’s proposing to save $250 billion by freezing in non-security discretionary funding for three years. He’s also expected to announce he’s freezing the salaries of top White House officials as well as other political appointees in his administration, but he will also announce an increase of up to $4 billion in federal education spending. How do you feel about these moves? What else would you like to hear from the President?
Don’t miss our full coverage of the speech. Join the live blog on our site starting at 9 p.m. ET where you can sound off about the President’s remarks. We’ll keep it up for the GOP response delivered by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, which will take place immediately after the President is finished. The live blog will remain up during our own analysis as well. We have a panel of experts lined up to weigh in on the President’s address. Don’t miss the best political team on television react to the first SOTU.
It seems fitting that jobs and deficits are going to be big themes of the President’s speech because he got some bad numbers on both topics from the Congressional Budget Office yesterday. Over the next 10 years spending is expected to outpace revenues and the debt will soon be two-thirds the size of the overall economy. So how does the Obama Administration plan to deal with this so-called “bleak” outlook?
And Anderson is on the ground in Haiti where he will update us on the latest developments in the earthquake-ravaged nation. Tension continues at emergency food handout centers and thousands of children need care. Reports from the U.S. Geological Survey warn that people in Haiti should expect tremors for the next month, and aid organizations indicate that rebuilding the country will take at least a decade. Anderson will report on how Haitians are trying to begin the process of rebuilding their country.
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