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Obama To Focus On Economy In State Of Union Address


U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address in Washington last year.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address in Washington last year.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to focus on the economy and U.S. budgetary problems when he delivers the annual State of the Union address in Washington later today.

This will be Obama’s second State of the Union address since taking office in 2009.

The State of the Union speech is delivered before a joint session of Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives. The two officials next in line for succession -- the vice president and the speaker of the house -- sit behind the president during the address.

In the address, the president typically reports on issues of concern, both domestic and foreign, and lays out his legislative agenda.

Reports say that reining in U.S. spending is likely to be part of that equation during this year’s speech, but that Republicans and Democrats disagree on how best to do that.

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