Preview: President Obama’s State of the Union address
President Obama's State of the Union address will air at 8 p.m. on WKBT
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — President Barack Obama is set to give his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, where he is expected to talk about past accomplishments, but more importantly about what he plans to do the next two years in office.
President Obama’s State of the Union address starts at 8 p.m. and will air on News 8. It will also be live streamed on www.news8000.com.
This is the first time Obama will give his State of the Union address to a Republican-led Congress, which has opposed the president on every major issue since he has taken office. But on Tuesday, many are hoping Obama talks about compromise and how he plans to work with Congress to get things done during his last two years of presidency.
“Well, I think you can expect to the President to tell a story about where we have come from in the last six years,” said Dan Pfeiffer, White House advisor.
Obama is expected to start his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, talking about the progress he believes the nation has made.
“The fact that the economy’s growing and jobs are growing. Deficit’s been cut in two-thirds,” said Pfeiffer.
Along with the past, Obama is going to talk about the future.
“He then will shift to policy initiatives for this year,” said Joe Heim, UW-La Crosse Political Science professor.
Obama will most likely starting with a proposal that could see favoritism from Democrats and Republicans. For example, Cybersecurity.
“That is probably one of the most important immediate challenges that the country faces,” said Heim.
“For example, the Sony hacking, the hacking of the central commands twitter account are just a small slice of cyber attacks that both government and the private sector are subjected to on a daily and weekly basis,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, (R) Wisconsin.
“These are things that are sort of new in the digital age and a lot of our laws are outdated to meet the new demand,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin, (D) Wisconsin.
But then, Obama will move onto proposals that are not expected to be popular on both sides of the aisle.
“In other words, a lot of the stuff he is going to talk about is not going to pass the Republican-controlled Congress,” said Heim. “At least in the past, the Republicans have tried to block anything he proposes.”
One of the proposals is a change in the tax policy.
“Talking about essentially increasing taxes on certain people, businesses and corporations, and particularly the wealthy,” said Heim.
“Some of the wealthiest income earners, those who make over a million dollars a year don’t pay at the same rate as some middle class families pay.” said Baldwin.
“It has no chance of passage, it’s just a provision in the state of the union proposal that will be divisive.” said Johnson.
Obama’s speech doesn’t just give us a sneak peak of what’s to come for the nation, but it also gives Americans a clue about his future relationship with Congress.
“This is his last two years of his presidency, and this is the time for him to establish a legacy, what is history going to say about him?” said Heim.
Is it going to be eight years of confrontation and not getting along with Congress or is it going to be accomplishment?
“The public wants accomplishment and I hope the president and congress listen to the public,” said Heim.
Another important factor in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address is that it leads into the 2016 election year.
With the proposals Obama is expected to talk about, many Democrats may see it as laying the groundwork for the Democratic Party. But the Republicans may see it as a partisan speech and that means less likely to get things done.