Obama hopes to stoke optimism in farewell union address

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of The Union address on January 20, 2015, at the US Capitol in Washington, DCBarack Obama will use his final State of the Union address Tuesday, one of the last grandstand occasions of his presidency, to define his legacy and make the case for optimism amid an angst-ridden election race. Seven years ago, a youthful President Obama’s first address to Congress surprised some with gloomy talk of shaken confidence, a weakened economy and uncertain times ahead. Senior White House officials promise an unorthodox speech.

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