Obama's final State of Union speech set for January 12

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the US Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, DCBarack Obama will deliver the final State of the Union speech of his eight-year presidency on January 12, the speaker of the US House of Representatives announced Monday. “As we look ahead to the new year, we have both an opportunity and obligation to find common ground to advance the nation’s interests at home and abroad,” Speaker Paul Ryan said in a letter to Obama inviting him to address a joint session of Congress. The annual speech is an opportunity for the US commander in chief to take stock of the nation’s successes and shortcomings over the previous 12 months, and to look at policy prescriptions and challenges for the year ahead.

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