WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden has participated in numerous speeches on the state of the Union as a senator and vice president. He will deliver the address himself on Tuesday night.
But it comes at a difficult time for Biden, who is hampered by public rejection of his actions with the economy and the pandemic. The appeal also came a few days after Russia launched a war against Ukraine, despite U.S.-led efforts to prevent military conflict. And that follows Biden’s announcement last week of his candidate for the Supreme Court.
WHERE DO I WATCH OR LISTEN?
The performance is scheduled for 9pm EST and will be broadcast on major networks and cable news channels, including WOOD TV8. The The White House plans to broadcast it on WH.gov/live, as well as on its YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages. C-SPAN, C-SPAN Radio and C-SPAN.org will also broadcast live. NPR broadcasts the speech on its website npr.org and in its application, and also offers live broadcasting to its radio stations.
This is one of the largest audiences Biden will receive this year. An an estimated 26.9 million people through 16 television networks watched his speech at last year’s joint session of Congress, which was not a speech on the state of the Union. It has been the smallest audience for the annual presidential speech since at least 1993.
HOW DOES BIDEN DESCRIBE THE STATE OF THE UNION?
The White House would not say in advance. But no matter the good or bad times, presidents tended to consistently open these speeches stating that “the state of our union is strong ”Or words that I really like.
Barbara Perry, director of presidential research at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, believes Biden should go further and recognize from the outset that people feel oppressed by rising food and gas prices.
“Say the union is strong, and tell him why he thinks so,” Perry said, “but then admit that people are in pain, and tell him what he’s doing to try to fix it.”
WHAT WILL BIDEN TALK ABOUT?
Biden “will absolutely use the word inflation” and talk about his plans to cut costs, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. He also urges Congress to act on his now volatile proposals to reduce the cost of childcare, care for the elderly and prescription drugs, she said.
Biden will explain the U.S. role in Russia’s war against Ukraine, including uniting the West to support the Ukrainian people who want to remain independent, Psaki said. Only 26% of respondents a recent poll by the Associated Press-NORC Public Relations Research Center said the U.S. should play a leading role in the conflict.
Biden can also be expected to discuss the judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, his candidacy at the upcoming opening in the Supreme Court.
WILL THINGS LOOK DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF THE PAndEMIC?
Wearing a mask will be optional for those visiting the address. This is thanks to updated instructions on masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week due to a sharp reduction in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths caused by the amicron strain of coronavirus.
Last year, when Biden spoke in Congress, facial coverage was needed.
All members of Congress were invited to participate. Last year, attendance was limited and guests were not allowed to allow social distancing. Guests will also not be allowed on Tuesday.
Participants will still be required to take COVID-19 tests and social distance measures.
But at least one lawmaker, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, will not be involved in what he calls the “theater” of COVID. “I just won’t take COVID tests anymore if I don’t get sick,” he said Monday.
Biden will not wear a mask when performing, Psaki said. She was less sure if he would put on a mask to enter the cell and walk down the aisle.
ARE THERE SECURITY CAMPS?
Although there are no specific or reliable threats related to the speech, law enforcement officials did not take the risk and again erected a fence around the US Capitol. Police cars with flashes are parked at the main intersections and highways, and the National Guard is on standby. No one wants a repeat of the events of January 6, 2021, when a brutal crowd stormed the building and thwarted the certification of Biden’s 2020 presidential victory.
HOW DO REPUBLICANS REACT?
Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds has an assignment. Reynolds is the first woman to be elected governor of this state. She was also the first governor to demand that schools reopen for full-time education.
Republican leaders portray the Republican-led states as a better job in fighting the pandemic than the Democrat-led federal government. Reynolds resigned as mask and vaccine and was skeptical about the effectiveness of masks to slow the spread of the virus.
Separately, a representative of Rashid Tlaib, Michigan, will respond to the Working Families Party, the party announced. Tlibe will offer support for Biden’s agenda, call on Democrats to adopt policies that meet the needs of the people, and unite progressives to build a strong majority in the by-elections.
And the FIRST LADY?
Jill Biden will take his usual place in the gallery overlooking the House of Representatives. Last year, she brought in virtual guests, but has not yet announced her plans for Tuesday.
WHAT IS BIDEN’S HISTORY WITH THE UNION STATE?
Biden was a U.S. senator for 36 years and sat in the audience for a long time Appeals about the state of the Union. When he became president in 2009, Biden sat in the rostrum with the speaker of the House of Representatives, delivering a speech by President Barack Obama on the state of the Union.
Associated Press correspondent Kelly Dashle contributed to this report.