On a day of State of the Union preparations, President Obama walked from the Oval Office to the residence of the White House and expressed some muted optimism for his speech this evening to Congress.
Asked by reporters how he believes his speech is, Mr. Obama answered with a smile, “I think it will be okay. I hope so anyway.”
White House advisors Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Robert Gibbs walked down the Colonnade before the president.
The president will largely spend the day behind-closed-doors at the White House today. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Mr. Obama is expected to be tweaking his speech up until the last moment, anticipated to make some line edits well into early this evening.