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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is promising President Barack Obama will deliver a “non-traditional” State of the Union address next month, eschewing the standard litany of policy proposals for a broader discussion on the challenges facing the country.

The format reflects the legislative reality for Obama’s final year in office. Much of what the White House and the Republican-led Congress could realistically achieve in an election year is already underway, including discussions on criminal justice reform, and the ticking clock on Obama’s presidency leaves little time to jumpstart major new initiatives.

The president is scheduled to deliver his last State of the Union on Jan. 12, less than three weeks before Americans begin voting in the presidential primaries.

In a briefing for reporters Thursday, White House officials said Obama’s agenda for his last year in office includes securing congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, additional steps to address climate change, and bolstering gun control measures. The latter steps will be taken through executive action, though officials wouldn’t say whether the measures would be ready in time for Obama’s address to Congress.

Officials also did not commit to a timeline for sending lawmakers a long-delayed plan for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Rather than fade into the lame duck phase of his presidency, the White House said Obama is eager to use 2016 to take steps that drive the debate in the 2016 race. He also expects to be active on the campaign trail, stumping for the Democratic presidential nominee and other party candidates, the White House said.

An active campaign role for Obama would be a marked shift from the 2014 midterm elections, when he was marginalized by his party.

The White House said it’s still possible the president could endorse in the Democratic primary, which is a two-way contest between front-runner Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her closest challenger.


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3 thoughts on “President Obama Promises To Be ‘Non-Traditional’ In His Last State Of The Union Address

  1. @ Chris, you are absolutely correct, but you know what Obama fans could care less, these people are so blinded by the fact that this man is the so called first black president, they don’t care about anything else. The last 7 years have been a nightmare.

  2. I beg to differ , he had did more the one one before him , and still people like you and others will not give him credit. but it’s ok , we know how tunnel vision is . before our next president takes the seat , I hope he makes a law for the dog ass police , so when they kill and lie about it they lose every thing and go to jail , and she follows suit after him .

  3. Thank God, this will be the last time we hear a SOU from this feckless, incompetent community organizer. He had full control of both houses for the first two years and what did he do with it? Nothing. He shoved Obamacare down our throats and now it’s imploding. Black unemployment hasn’t changed, he’s more concerned about getting jobs for illegal immigrants and Syrian refugees. America is sending 265 million to Mexico and Central America for welfare purpose, while many veterans are homeless. He is spending 1.5 billion to settle illegal immigrants in this country. He has no problem attacking Christians, but heaven forbid he will never say anything about Islam. He panders tho the far left environmentalists who contributed heavily to his campaigns. Our country has never been more divided. Good bye, good riddance.

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