House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Obama to deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term on February 12, which also happens to be President Lincoln’s birthday.
The invitation came with a short note saying, in part, “Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions… For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s great challenges.”
As Marketwatch reporter Polya Lesova notes, the address will be delivered amid continued fiscal cliff discussion about entitlements and spending. Though the fiscal cliff fight was only resolved a couple of weeks ago, there are still lots to disagree about, and we’ll be touching the debt ceiling again in a few short weeks.
The inauguration is happening on January 21. Beyonce, Usher, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend are among those scheduled to perform.