Obama Says Address Will Be 'Blueprint' for Joint Action
President Obama says he will lay out a "blueprint for actions we need to take together" to improve the U.S. economy when he addresses a joint session of Congress and the nation with his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
The framework, Obama says in his weekly address, will apply to "not just me, or Congress, but every American, to rebuild an economy where hard work and responsibility are rewarded."
White House aides say Obama will spend the weekend working on the content of his speech with head writer Jon Favreau, but is not yet at the stage of practicing its delivery. That will likely happen Tuesday, they said.
"There will be news in the speech, new ideas," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Friday, "and we're hoping the newness of those ideas will be preserved for him to announce them."
Senior Obama adviser David Plouffe told a gathering of U.S. mayors that Obama will lay out plans on energy, manufacturing, education and other "reforms." He will be "putting some flesh on the bones there," Plouffe said.
The president is also likely to appeal directly to members of Congress, urging them to act on economic proposals that have received bipartisan support in the past, one of the central themes of his "we can't wait" campaign meant to portray himself as an active executive working hard for the U.S. people.
Obama traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., Thursday to underscore his message with a series of new initiatives aimed at encouraging more foreign tourism to destinations inside the United States.
"To Sasha and Malia's great disappointment, I was not there to hang out with Mickey or ride Space Mountain," Obama said of the first daughters. "Instead, I was there to talk about steps we're taking to boost tourism and create jobs.
"We want more visitors coming here. We want them spending money here. It's good for our economy, and it will help provide the boost more businesses need to grow and hire," he said. "And we can't wait to make it happen."