5 things to watch for in the SOTU

5 things to watch for in the SOTU

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.

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