Obama's State of the Union Speech: 5 People Impacted the Most
Obama's reelection strategy is set to go into high gear
Tens of millions are expected to tune into President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. It is the first large-scale platform for Obama to separate himself from his potential GOP challengers and position his administration for what they hope are political victories in economic reform.
Here are five people who stand to be impacted by the content of Tuesday's speech:
Mitt Romney - Leading GOP Candidate
Romney has singularly criticized as Obama’s first three years in office as an outright failure. Obama will tout his accomplishments, like ridding the world of Osama bin Laden and a modest, but indicative growth period in the economy. Obama can potentially dissect Romney’s declaration of his so-called failed leadership with critical analysis of the very real circumstances of the Office of the Presidency.
David Plouffe - President Obama's Senior Advisor
One of the president’s most senior advisors, Plouffe was the architect of the historic 2008 election of Barack Obama. Whether he can dial up the way-back machine and get his guy reelected may speak to the real genius of their strategy; Obama scored with an inspiring message of hope and determination. Now, his approval rating is below 50 percent and the general public is fed up with Congress not being able to get things done. Obama will tout his record and will show that his administration is in control. As one of the most loyal and important holdovers still left in the administration, Plouffe said Tuesday that Obama will tackle the economy head on. "Listen to the ideas. And if you like those ideas, if you think they make sense, then, lift up your voice," he said.
Alan Krueger - Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers
The Obama administration’s top economic advisor’s populist tone is reflective of where it will go with its policies within the next year. Language around issues of the economy in recent months -- in lockstep with Occupy Wall Street -- have been about increasing opportunities for a wider swath of Americans.
"The rise in inequality in the United States over the last three decades has reached the point that inequality in incomes is causing an unhealthy division in opportunities, and is a threat to our economic growth,” Krueger said. “Restoring a greater degree of fairness to the U.S. job market would be good for businesses, good for the economy, and good for the country."
Obama will emphasize the need for equality in his speech Tuesday night.
John Boehner - Speaker of the House
Boehner said it would be “pathetic” for Obama to introduce the same policies he’s introduced for the past three years. Boehner will get his chance to see what Obama brings to the table.
The policies haven’t made the economic situation better, Boehner told Fox News last Sunday.
"They made it worse," he said. "And if that's what the president is going to talk about Tuesday night, I think it's pathetic. I think it's time for the president to listen to his own jobs council. It's time to go in a new direction."
The American worker
Numbers have shown steady declines in jobless claims over the course of the past few months. But the comprehensiveness of Tuesday’s speech must strike a chord with the American worker. Obama must be accessible and authoritative while convincing the average American wage earner that his administration still has what it takes to deliver on the promises he made in 2008.