President Barack Obama on Tuesday gets his second high-profile opportunity in less than a month to set the agenda for his second term.
The president views the speech as finishing a thought that began with the Inauguration, aides say, with a deeper focus on job creation and the economy but no shortage of attention to the controversial social issues that top his to-do list.
Here’s POLITICO’s list of five things to watch in the State of the Union:
1. Soft, strident or somewhere in between?
Obama irritated Republicans with his unapologetically liberal inaugural address — and the lack of any perceived olive branch quickly became the news.