The president will speak tonight at 9 in Washington, 3 in Italy
Joe Biden will deliver the State of the Union address tonight, with which he will vindicate the progress made in the first two years in the White House to improve the economy and the lives of Americans. But above all he will try to use the president’s traditional annual speech in Congress as a springboard for the announcement of his candidacy for re-election, which is expected in the next few weeks.
However, the path is uphill for the president. When Biden takes the floor tonight at 9 in Washington, 3 in the morning tomorrow in Italy, he will face, for the first time since his arrival at the White House, a divided Congress, with Republicans now controlling the House, determined to block any new initiative by the president, not to mention the tug of war on raising the debt ceiling which could bring the United States to the brink of default in the coming months.
But what worries the White House in these hours are above all the polls that show how the majority of Americans, in particular the crucial independent voters, do not appear convinced that the economic agenda pursued by Biden – in particular with the law for huge investments in infrastructure and the equally huge IRA, the Inflation Reduction Act – has led to concrete results.
In his speech, it is anticipated from the White House, the president will insist “on the progress we have already made and on those for which we will continue to fight, and on other commitments and priorities, illustrating in concrete terms how the laws passed transform the lives of Americans all over the country”.
Regarding the relationship with the Republicans, the president, to confirm himself as a moderate, experienced politician and expert in contrast with the extremism of the GOP, will renew his appeal to work together, emphasizing “the progress that the Americans want from us by working together in the next year”, it is anticipated by the White House.
Biden – who worked on the text of the speech over the weekend with his advisers at Camp David – will still have to deal with a Republican majority which in this first month has already shown all its antagonism, and its willingness to carry on a series of aggressive inquiries into Biden, his administration and his own family.