Obama's Final State of the Union: 'Speaking to History'

It's 'all about his legacy' on Tuesday night
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2016 6:57 AM CST
President Obama waves before giving his State of the Union address in 2015.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – President Obama gives his final State of the Union address at 9pm EST on Tuesday. Here's a guide of expected themes and things to watch:

  • Don't expect a laundry list of goals. Instead, expect a "central theme of optimism" that lays out a bigger picture for America, reports the Los Angeles Times.
  • This one "is all about his legacy," notes the Washington Post. "He will be speaking to history."
  • The speech will be streamed on Amazon Video as a reflection of changing times, notes Re/code. It will also be on YouTube, and Gizmodo has a guide for following along on social media, even Snapchat. The chief digital officer at the White House lays out the thinking here.

  • The Hill has a list of things to watch for, including a rebuttal of Donald Trump's vision of America. CNN also has a guide, expecting Obama to try to do a better job of reassuring Americans worried about terror attacks.
  • The New York Times and Politico separately assess how Obama has done in his previous State of the Union proposals.
  • Those same sites also look back at Michelle Obama's guests for the speech. Times here and Politico here. (And here's a look at Tuesday night's guests.)
  • Previous speeches are now available with additional notes, photos, and video via the annotation platform Genius, notes Wired.

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