President Obama’s final State of the Union address

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U.S. President Barack Obama walks down the colonnade from the Oval Office at The White House in Washington, January 12, 2016

In the White House’s latest Snapchat clip ahead of the State of the State speech, Edith S. Childs, the retired nurse who coined President Obama’s notable “Fired up” campaign chant in 2008, is shown singing the refrain.

Wearing a cream-colored suit and pumping her fist, Childs is featured on The White House Official Snapchat Story singing: “Fired up! Ready to go!” again and again.

Childs will be a special guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. EARLIER DEVELOPMENTS (ALL TIMES ET)  

06:43:51 PM: President Barack Obama is set to tell Americans on Tuesday that while the country faces extraordinary change, the nation can overcome the challenges it faces if Americans come together, the White House said.

“It will only happen if we fix our politics,” Obama will say, according to excerpts of his State of the Union address provided by the White House.

“The future we want – opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids – all that is within our reach,” will say. 

6:16:53 PM: President Barack Obama made a brief appearance on Facebook on Tuesday as he finalized the text of his last State of the Union address.

The president, sitting at his desk, said he was making last minute changes and added touches to his speech.

“There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done,” Obama said, adding that he wanted to make sure that the American people understood his proposals. “We’ve got some big choices ahead,” he said.

 

6:06:01 PM: Hardly a quiet few hours for the White House in the run up to President Obama’s swan song State of the Union address later on Tuesday.

 

 

Credit : Reuter

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