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Get Ready: President Obama's State of the Union Address is Three Days Away

President Obama will give his sixth State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. See a history of State of the Union preparations, as well as ways to engage with the White House in the lead up to the President's speech.

Three days from today on Tuesday, January 20, President Obama will head to the U.S. Capitol to speak to the nation in his sixth State of the Union address.

The State of the Union is a tradition that dates back to the founding of America. The annual State of the Union address gives presidents a chance to offer their Administrations' priorities over the next year, and lay out their legislative agenda to Congress.

The President and his staff are always really busy getting ready for State of the Union. Normally, several weeks before the big speech, the President, his speechwriters, and his communications teams sit down and think about what they want to tell the American people. 


President Lyndon B. Johnson's staff prepares for the State of the Union Address. White House. January 12, 1966. (by Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum of the National Archives and Records Administration)

But, this year, President Obama did something a little different. He embarked on a journey across the country to highlight some of his State of the Union priorities ahead of the address -- something we’re calling “SOTU Spoilers” here at the White House. He traveled to Detroit to showcase the success of his economic policies, both for the auto industry and the country. He visited Phoenix to announce a new mortgage insurance reduction that will save money for homeowners. He went to Knoxville to release plans for making community college free for responsible students. He also went to the Federal Trade Commission and announced plans to bolster the country’s cybersecurity protections, making online transactions safer for consumers and businesses.  

So get ready: Go to -- the White House's State of the Union headquarters -- to see what's happening on the road to the State of the Union. Then, RSVP to watch the President on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. 

You can also check out some of the highlights from last year’s State of the Union address at

The State of the Union 2015: Everything You Need to Know

Jenna Brayton is an Associate Director of Content in the White House Office of Digital Strategy.