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Previewing State of the Union Address

Written By: Jacqueline Policastro
SOTU Preview 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- President Obama is pushing for an economy that works for everyone. 
      That's expected to be the focus of the President's first State of the Union Address of his second term.
The White House isn't giving specifics, but little by little, they're revealing the themes of President Obama's State of the Union Address.
     "You will hear in the president's State of the Union an outline from him to create jobs and grow the middle class," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
     And according to Politico's White House Editor, Edward-Isaac Dovere, the president will do that by explaining the dangers of sequestration, when mandatory cuts to federal programs go into effect on March 1, putting jobs on the line.
     "He'll talk about some of the job creation programs that he'd like to get forward, some of the bills he's talked about in the past that are frozen, and say it's time for action on these things," according to Dovere, who also says the president will also talk about gun violence.
      Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the brother of a teacher who was killed in the Newtown massacre will attend the speech.
      "The question is - can he keep the energy there in the same way now that the shooting is fading further into the past," Dovere said.
      As for the tone of the State of the Union…
      "The president has always viewed the two speeches - the Inaugural Address and the State of the Union - as two acts in the same play," said Carney.
      Dovere expects the president to be aggressive, but there's a danger of appearing too partisan.
      "He does need Congress to go along with him in order to do this," Dovere said.
       And those lawmakers from both sides of the aisle tell us they are looking for the president to lead.