The annual address to Congress and the nation seems to be coming a little late this year, February 12. I guess there just wasn't enough room on the busy House schedule to fit the President in during the month of January.
President Obama is riding a wave of popularity at the start of the year. Washington Post has him with a 60% favorable rating, his highest since he took office back in 2009. He has the added advantage of an improving economy, which would appear to debunk all the gloom and doom the Republicans would have had us believe during last year's election season. This gives him a golden opportunity to finally put to rest the Bush Doctrine that was enunciated back in his 2002 SOTU address, a.k.a. "Axis of Evil speech," and has haunted us ever since.
It is clear he will outline his proposal for new gun control legislation. We can also expect him to deliver something in the way of a new energy proposal, since his first bill was shelved in the wake of the health care battle. It seems he might seek some federal legislation in regard to Lesbian and Gay civil rights. We can also expect him to present a new immigration policy, which has garnered a lot of press lately. And, no doubt he will press the House to end the phony fiscal cliff rhetoric and raise the debt ceiling so that we can move on with business at hand.
Of course, we will hear a rebuttal. Bobby Jindal seems to have had a remarkable comeback since his horrible rebuttal back in 2009, poised and ready to response to President Obama once again. It seems the Republican Party is desperate for fresh faces, having made Marco Rubio the go-to guy on immigration. We've also been hearing a lot from Rand Paul in recent weeks. Take your pick.