By Jueseppi B.
2014 State of the Union Address
The 2014 State of the Union Address will be a speech given by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives. It will be the last State of the Union address given by the president before the 2014 midterm elections. According to tradition, House Speaker John Boehner invited the president to address a joint session on December 13. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed the president’s attendance later that day.
Get Ready: President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address
05:00 PM EST
On Tuesday, January 28 at 9pm ET, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union Address.
This year there will be more ways than ever to take part in the State of the Union, including a new way to watch the speech and share exclusive graphics with your social networks, and opportunities to discuss President Obama’s remarks with White House officials immediately following the address.
Right now, you can apply to join our State of the Union Social — a chance for our social media followers to watch the speech from the White House, then join a panel with Administration officials. You can learn more and apply for your chance to join at WhiteHouse.gov/Social.
Here’s how to stay updated, and learn more about how you can watch, share and discuss the speech.
- Get email updates: Sign up and make sure you’re among the first to get exclusive content before and after the speech
- Follow us on Twitter: Make sure you’re following@WhiteHouse on Twitter for news and real-time updates before, during and after the address.
- WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU: Officially launching early next week, WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU will be your number one resource for all things State of the Union, and the best place to watch the enhanced livestream of President Obama’s address, featuring charts, graphs, data and more to help explain the issues and policies he’s discussing alongside the remarks.
Want to learn more about the State of the Union? Check out the videos below.
Watch the 2013 Enhanced State of the Union below.
Behind the Scenes: The Writing of the 2012 State of the Union
You’re Invited: The 2014 State of the Union Social
04:23 PM EST
On Tuesday, January 28th, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union Address from the Capitol. Here at the White House, we’ll be hosting our third State of the Union Social event. This event is part of a series of “White House Socials” that invite our social media followers to join in-person events, engage with administration officials, and share their experience with their friends. Use the hashtag #SOTUSocial to discuss the event online, and help get the word out.
This event is an opportunity for our followers on social media to watch President Obama’s State of the Union Address live from the White House, and then participate in a panel with senior staff to discuss the vision and policies laid out in the speech.
Interested in joining? You can apply right now at WH.gov/Social-Apply today. After you sign up, tell your friends about the event using the hashtag #SOTUSocial. Please note, registration closes at 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16th.
If you plan on watching from home, we will be streaming an enhanced version of the speech on WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU that features graphics, data and charts that help explain policies and the issues. You can also tune in live on Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and through our mobile apps.
Obama: Won’t wait for legislation to advance 2014 priorities
BY JEFF MASON
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he would not wait for Congress to pass legislation to advance his policy priorities this year and said he was “getting close” to finishing a review of U.S. surveillance practices – to be unveiled on Friday.
Obama, speaking to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House, foreshadowed his upcoming State of the Union address and what appeared to be a new messaging strategy by emphasizing his ability to take executive actions without approval from lawmakers.
“We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need,” he said.
“I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions … and I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life,” he said.
Obama began last year with high hopes of making progress on gun control, immigration reform, and other issues after giving an inaugural address that rallied his base and set an aggressive tone for his second term.
But the year concluded with few legislative achievements. His gun control efforts largely failed and an immigration reform bill passed in the Senate but stalled in the House of Representatives.
White House officials, while referring to 2014 as a “year of action,” have already played down the prospect of getting a lot of laws passed and told reporters that they would not measure the year’s success by the administration’s list of legislative victories.
Obama again listed immigration reform as a priority for the year. He will need Congress to turn his goals on that issue into law. The president also emphasized his goal of getting the U.S. economy to recover faster.
“The message to my cabinet – and that will be amplified in our State of the Union – is that we need all hands on deck to build on the recovery that we’re already seeing. The economy is improving, but it could be improving even faster,” Obama said.
“And I am absolutely confident that in 2014, if we’re all working in the same direction and not worrying so much about political points but worrying much more about getting the job done, that we can see a lot of improvement this year,” he said.
Republican speaker of the House John Boehner, whose support Obama will need for the administration’s legislative priorities, said the president had lost focus on the economy.
“If the president’s serious about wanting to improve the prospects for our economy – and higher wages and better jobs – all he has to do is pick up the phone and call Democrat leaders in the Senate and ask them to move one of these dozens of bills that we’ve sent over there that would help put Americans back to work,” Boehner said.
On a separate issue, Obama is scheduled to make a speech on Friday outlining his decisions on how to reform controversial surveillance activities by the National Security Agency that were made public through revelations by former U.S. contractor Edward Snowden.
Asked if he had finished his NSA review, Obama said: “It’s getting close.”
(additional reporting by Roberta Rampton; editing by Gunna Dickson)
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