For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time

17 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Obama Looks to Trim State of the Union Speech.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will have some special guests in the audience for his State of the Union address Tuesday night — people who wrote him in the past year to share their personal situations.

Obama says Carolyn Reed of Colorado recently expanded her sandwich shop chain thanks to a Small Business Administration loan, and raised wages for her hourly employees. The president is well known for his delivery of lengthy speeches and detailed explanations, and his aides have tried – unsuccessfully – to rein him in at times.

This year’s themes look set to include administration successes on the economy, withdrawing from Afghanistan and the president’s executive actions on immigration reform. “Every day, we get thousands of letters and emails at the White House from Americans across the country, and every night, I read 10 of them,” Obama said, in his weekly address to the nation on Saturday. “They tell me about their hopes and their worries, their hardships and successes. His ability to break down complex social and political issues so his audience of more than 2.5 million subscribers can understand them, has apparently earned him a spot in front of the President. Munoz says Dallas resident Ana Zamora was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child, but benefited from Obama’s program to defer deportations for eligible immigrants.

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