The clock's winding down -- ahead of President Obama's State of the Union speech. His aides say, it's coming together -- but, they won't give too detailed a preview. Some of the President's ideas could face some strong resistance, though -- as Republicans are standing firm in their promise to slash government spending.
President Obama huddled with his advisors Monday morning -- going over his State of the Union speech, line by line. His top aides say, it's coming together but despite reporters' best efforts, his spokesman won't reveal all of what's in it.
White House aides 'did' say - the President will lay out his ideas on creating jobs -- and strengthening the economy.
His plan is expected to center around 5 so-called pillars -- innovation, education, infrastructure, deficit reduction -- and reforming government.
One of the key words to listen for Tuesday night when the President comes up here to Capitol Hill is 'investments." That's how the President will portray his new proposals, Republicans say that´s just a new word for spending and they're against it.
Rep. Joe Pitts said, "The best social service program in the world is a job. People want jobs."
Faced with a stronger GOP, the President will look for areas where both sides can agree. He gave a preview of that -- in video message sent to his supporters over the weekend.
President Obama said, "These are big challenges that are in front of us but we are up to it as long as we come togheter as a people, republicans, democrats and independants.
That sense of unity will be visible in parts of the House chamber. Several Democrats and Republicans have paired off -- agreeing to sit together for the speech... Instead of the traditional arrangement where they're on separate sides of the center aisle.
Among the VIP guests sitting with the first lady Tuesday night -- will be Daniel Hernandez. He was the intern who helped save Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' life after she was shot in the head earlier this month in Tucson.