Tonight, President Obama, with the support of over half of the nation, will deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term, and sources are expecting the president to discuss subjects like immigration reform, gun control, the economy, Afghanistan, job creation, education, and climate change.
After the address, the White House will be hosting a virtual “Open for Questions” marathon via its social networks: Facebook, G+, & Youtube and those wanting their questions heard can submit them on Twitter using the hashtags: #WHChat & #SOTU. This series will feature a number of spokespersons from the administration answering questions and providing commentary about the issues the president will raise this evening.
If the polls of what people want the president to speak about indicate anything, the President will spend much of this address discussing strategies for improving the economy and increasing job growth despite the looming threat of sequestration.
However, using the schedule for the following days’ Q&A sessions (below) as a guide, the Public should expect for the discussion to also discuss, education, energy and the environment, reducing gun violence and immigration reform:
Tuesday, February 12th:
?10:00 p.m. ET: Post-SOTU “Open for Questions”
- Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
- Josh Earnest, Principal Deputy Press Secretary (@JEarnest44)
- Sarah Bianchi, Director of Economic and Domestic Policy for the Vice President
- Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration
- Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy
- Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Policy
Wednesday, February 13th:
- 2:30 p.m. ET: Jobs and the economy with Jason Furman, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, moderated by Yahoo! Finance
- 3:15 p.m. ET: Education with Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education moderated by Babble
- 4:00 p.m. ET: Energy and the environment with Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, moderated byPopular Science.
Thursday, February 14th:
- 4:50 p.m. ET: “Fireside Hangout” with President Obama
Friday, February 15th:
- 3:00 p.m. ET: Reducing gun violence with Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden, moderated by iVillage.
- 4:00 p.m. ET: Immigration reform with Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council