This Week's Agenda: State of the Union, State of the Economy

Monday, January 23, 2012

US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Apollo Theatre in New York on January 19, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

This week, President Obama delivers the State of the Union, then travels to five states that promise to be key battlegrounds for this year's election: Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Michigan. As the President begins his swing state tour, Republican candidates will be setting up camp in Florida, preparing for two debates in the next primary state.

While Mitt Romney readies his tax returns for the prime-time, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares for a press conference on interest rates. Finally, the U.S. Department of Commerce will release GDP data for the fourth quarter of 2011 on Friday.

Louise Story is investigative reporter for our partner The New York Times. Todd Zwillich is Takeaway Washington correspondent.

Guests:

Louise Story and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

Charles

I thought that all of Obama's speeches were about an election.

Jan. 23 2012 03:34 PM
listener

"This speech is about the election"

Isn't a State of the Union address supposed to be about the state of the national interests and not a re-election harangue and is this trip through swing states part of the Obama campaign or do we all get to pay for it?
Last September's special Joint Session of Congress was also a campaign speech which is not an appropriate use of the trappings of Presidential power and it would be nice if journalists recognized that blatant abuse of millions of dollars in public funds while being so concerned about Romney's tax returns from the private sector.

Romney's tax returns prompts the question "..does he deserve all this money he made and did he add economic value to the world though his career"?
Considering the pay, perks and power that this President enjoys and some say abuses, will the same question be put to him or is this concern all one way for our reporters?

Jan. 23 2012 09:07 AM

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