Watch live streaming video of President Obama's State of the Union Address here. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters on Monday that his speech would be broadcast on national television and also streamed live on the WhiteHouse website.
President Obama had hoped to have a signed health care reform bill, by the time he spoke before the joint chambers of Congress, but that’s now certainly in doubt with the Massachusetts special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. If the Republican challenger Scott Brown wins on Tuesday night, the senate would lose that important filibuster-proof 60th vote.
But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.
The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don't lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure. What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.