The Presidential Planner

By Dschabner

Jan 27, 2010 7:00am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: President Obama will spend his day today behind-closed-doors preparing for tonight’s State of the Union address. Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office and in the afternoon the President will then meet with senior advisors. The main event will be the president’s 9 p.m. ET address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said expect to see the president at times “feisty” within his speech this evening. “I think there are a series of common concerns that the president will outline and discuss,” Gibbs said on Tuesday, “I don't doubt that at times he'll be feisty. I don't doubt that at times he's going to believe that while Washington may not want to make progress in certain ways that Washington has to be pushed to make that progress, whether that's health care reform or cutting our budget. But again, I think the key in this speech, what he'll discuss more than anything, is getting our economy moving again.” The president will discuss the economic situation he faced coming into office and the “tough decisions” he had to make within his first year. “He'll again talk about why those decisions were made despite the fact that they may or may not have been popular at the time,” Gibbs said. Gibbs said the president looks at the State of the Union as a time, “in which to update the American people on what's been done and where we go from here, going forward. This — this is not about — as he said in Ohio, this is not about him; this is about what we have to do, going forward, for the American people.” — Sunlen Miller

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