Tonight, January 12, President Barack Obama will give his first State of the Union for 2016, and also his final address before he leaves office in January 2017. This address also comes two days before the next Republican Debate is set to air, so be prepared for what the candidates have to say about the address if you plan on watching it on Thursday.
The White House issued a statement about what Obama will be addressing and what to expect:
When President Obama took office seven years ago, we were involved in two wars, losing over 800,000 jobs a month, and weathering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But, with his leadership and the determination of the American people, we have made extraordinary progress on the path to a stronger country and a brighter future. We’ve proven that, together, we can overcome great challenges. In his last State of the Union, President Obama will lay out the ways that we, as the American people, can once again come together in pursuit of a country worthy of generations to come.
We’ve got the info you need in order to fully experience President Obama’s final State of the Union.
January 12, 2016
9:00 p.m. ET – 11:00 p.m. ET
All major networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox) and cable news networks (CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and C-Span)
REPUBLICAN ADDRESS TO THE NATION SPEAKER:
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
FIRST LADY’S GUESTS: (Note: One chair “will be left empty for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice”) Syrian refugee Refaai Hamo, Edith Childs, Sue Ellen Allen, Oscar Vazquez, Gloria Balenski, Jennifer Bragdon, Lisa Jaster, Kathleen O’Toole, Mark Luttrell, Satya Nadella, Dannel Malloy, Braeden Mannering, Cynthia K. Dias, Mark Davis, Cary Dixon, Naveed Shah, Earl Smith, Spencer Stone, Jim Obergefell, Ronna Rice, Cedric Rowland, Ryan Reyes, and Lydia Doza. For full details on Michelle Obama’s guest list and each individual, read more via USA Today.
State of the Union Facts You Need to Know
- The U.S. Constitution requires the president to deliver a State of the Union address to Congress. By tradition, the Commander in Chief gives a message annually.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt popularized the “State of the Union” phrase. Before he took office, presidents before him just called it “Annual Message.”
- Initially the State of the Union was delivered to Congress in writing rather than in a speech. This went on for about a century, until Woodrow Wilson gave a speech in 1913.
- The State of the Union is not more commonly spoken in layman’s terms, as opposed to its original prose, which was addressed lawmakers.
- William Henry Harrison and James Garfield both died before getting the chance to deliver a State of the Union address. They were the only two presidents who never gave one.
A live stream will also be available on Amazon Instant Video (both live and on-demand through the end of the week) and on Yahoo! Yahoo! will also be doing their own pre-show of the event, hosted by Katie Couric, at 8:45 PM EST.
The White House YouTube Channel will also show the State of the Union Address live.
If you want to be a little more interactive with the event, you can “RSVP to Watch” for fun via Facebook by clicking here.