All Eyes Will Be Watching: Biden Wins Record For Latest SOTU Address

By Greg Moriarty | Thursday, 07 March 2024 04:10 PM
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As the United States President, Joe Biden, prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address on March 7, the nation anticipates his discourse on the administration's achievements and future objectives.

This address comes at a time when the Congress is experiencing one of the most significant political divisions in recent history.

President Biden will be addressing a Senate dominated by Democrats, who have largely supported his major legislative initiatives. Simultaneously, he faces a House Republican majority that is actively investigating him for potential impeachable offenses.

The timing of the address is noteworthy, as it is the latest a State of the Union address has ever been delivered. This is only the second instance of a president's in-person address to a joint session of Congress not being delivered in January or February. Biden's first address to Congress was on March 1, 2022.

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The address follows a period of intense activity in Washington, where officials spent the initial two months of 2024 striving to prevent a government shutdown while also debating Biden's supplemental foreign aid request for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

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Internationally, the situation is tense, with a war ongoing in the Middle East between Hamas and Israel, Ukraine feeling the strain of U.S. resources, and China's actions raising concerns about potential threats to Taiwan's independence.

Domestically, the escalating border crisis is a significant concern. House Republicans have expressed their desire for Biden to address this issue in his Thursday night speech. On the other hand, Democrats are encouraging Biden to emphasize his achievements in infrastructure, economy, and other areas.

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Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., the third-ranking leader in the House, expressed skepticism about Biden's ability to adequately address the crises he faces this year. "No amount of scripted rhetoric from the White House will change the fact that the real State of the Union has been defined by the unprecedented crisis at our southern border, total chaos overseas and lingering economic struggles caused by Joe Biden’s failed policies," Emmer stated to Fox News Digital.

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Representative Don Bacon, R-Neb., who represents a district Biden won in 2020, expressed his expectations for the address. "I want to hear him address the border issue with some honesty," Bacon told Fox News Digital.

On the Democratic side, Representative Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., stated to Fox News Digital, "Thursday night is sell night. The President needs to reiterate just how much he’s accomplished to the American people. His bipartisan legislative accomplishments are the best in generations."

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A House Democratic aide advised Biden to focus on tangible achievements, such as lower insulin prices, increased manufacturing jobs, and improved healthcare for veterans. The aide also suggested that Biden should openly acknowledge areas where problems exist, such as border security and reproductive rights, and clearly state his position and that of the Republicans.

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