He’s winding down – but he’s still fired up.
President Barack Obama, after nearly eight years in the White House, will deliver his final State of the Union Address Tuesday.
In his last year in the White House, Obama will spend the next 11 months energized and pushing hard for the legislative policies he believes will uplift all Americans.
For many African-Americans, Obama will be missed. Black Americans from coast to coast have become accustomed to seeing their first Black president speaking in the Rose Garden, or talking to reporters in the White House briefing room, or waving to supporters as he boards Air Force One.
It’s been a rocky tenure for Obama at times. Still, he’s accomplished a great deal despite the constant pushback from Republicans who have stonewalled him and blocked much of his legislative agenda.
No matter what the president has proposed, Republicans have criticized it, picked it apart, and broke many of the olive branches Obama tried to offer.
So now, seven years later, America’s first Black president will stand before the nation on Tuesday and offer a message of hope as Americans are still struggling with concerns about unemployment and adjusting to a new normal: repeated terrorist threats and a heightened sense of insecurity in an uncertain world.
On Tuesday, inside the U.S. Capitol, Obama is expected to talk about gun violence prevention and the series of steps he took last week to help reduce gun violence in America and make our communities safer.
Obama also announced that “one seat in the First Lady’s State of the Union Guest Box will be left empty for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice – because they need the rest of us to speak for them.”