(CNN) - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address, and his seventh address to a joint session of Congress. His remarks, as prepared, are after the jump.
Washington (CNN) - The State of the Union is usually pretty predictable: the president arrives, shakes hands as he walks into the chamber and then speaks to the American people about what he wants to accomplish.
But this year President Barack Obama's team has infused its technological savvy into the annual address and turned it more into more like a slick business presentation.
Washington (CNN) - Call it the call after the speech.
Minutes after President Barack Obama finishes delivering the State of the Union address, he'll be phoning into a conference call with supporters across the country.
Washington (CNN) – Outspoken gun rights activist Ted Nugent promised to behave himself as he arrived on Capitol Hill for Tuesday's State of the Union address.
The one-time rock star and high profile National Rifle Association member will be watching President Obama's remarks from the House Gallery as the guest of Congressman Steve Stockman, R-TX.
(CNN) – 102-year-old Desiline Victor is among first lady Michelle Obama's guests at the State of the Union Tuesday - and her example is meant to drive home President Barack Obama's commitment to protecting voting rights made during his inaugural address. In that speech he said, "Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote."
Victor, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Haiti, waited in line for three hours to cast an early vote ballot in Florida. According to voting rights advocates who know Victor's story, when she returned later in the day other people in line urged election officials to get her in to vote. It was her second time filling out a ballot since she became a citizen in 2005.
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Steve Stockman, the Texas Republican who invited Ted Nugent to this year's State of the Union, explained Tuesday his reasoning in bringing along the outspoken rocker and gun rights advocate to President Barack Obama's annual address.
"He's a very articulate spokesman," Stockman told CNN. "I'm excited to have him. I think he gives a balance to what's being said tonight at the White House. And it will be a balance. The president gives his views and his opinions. And we live in a free country where other people get to speak their opinion."
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Washington (CNN) - Who needs an official response, when you can react to the State of the Union before the president has even finished speaking?
Sending a tweet or updating Facebook from the House floor, even in the middle of the State of the Union address, is allowed, according to House rules. This permits members of Congress to almost instantly respond to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama speaks on Capitol Hill Tuesday night he'll have a club in one hand and an olive branch in another, figuratively speaking.
According to Democrats close to the administration, he'll challenge Republicans to get on board with his economic agenda, including his plans for deficit reduction, broad tax reform and new investments.
(CNNMoney) – Apple CEO Tim Cook has made it onto a very short list: He'll be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union on Tuesday.
Cook will sit with the First Lady in special box seats, said a source with knowledge of the matter. The First Lady's other guests at the 2013 State of the Union include the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl shot and killed in Chicago last month. Monday's Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha will also be Obama's guest.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will spend the bulk of Tuesday's State of the Union address talking about jobs and the economy, administration officials have told CNN.
But as he addresses the joint session of Congress, one group in the House chamber will be listening for something else: the president's remarks on gun control.