No longer about bold ambitions, this year’s State of the Union address will focus more on what’s actually achievable.
For the White House, that dose of realism is aimed at avoiding a repeat of 2013, when a long list of unfulfilled policy goals dragged President Barack Obama down. Tuesday night’s address will try to redefine success for Obama — not by what he can jam through Congress but rather by what he can accomplish on his own.
The president is expected to use his State of the Union speech to announce executive actions on job training, retirement security and help for the long-term unemployed in finding work. The White House says his broad focus will be on economic mobility and narrowing the income gap between the wealthy and poor.