The White House releases video of President Barack Obama's State of the Union addresses going back to 2009, with the focus on employment and the economy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Whitehouse.gov released video on Tuesday (January 12) of President Barack Obama's past State of the Union addresses, showing how the unemployment rate has dropped in the last seven years. Obama will present an agenda for his final year in office and beyond on Tuesday in his last State of the Union address, aiming to paint an optimistic vision of America despite worries about immigration, terrorism and economic inequality. The speech to a joint session of Congress will be one of Obama's few remaining chances to capture and hold the attention of millions of Americans before he is eclipsed by his would-be successors competing to win November's presidential election. Politics will loom over the address. He is expected to stick to themes which he hopes will define his legacy and steer clear of new legislative proposals that his fellow Democrats on the presidential campaign are laying out. Obama's speech will try to generate support for some of his favored issues such as a Pacific trade pact, tighter gun laws and closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison. Aides said he would offer a more optimistic view of the United States' standing, compared with the dire assessments put forth by Republican presidential hopefuls.