Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on February 12, 2013 @ 7:48PM
Created on February 12, 2013 @ 5:50PM
Tuesday night President Barack Obama will have the stage to himself to address the nation when he gives his first State of the Union speech as his second term as president.
On Tuesday officials said that President Obama will announce that 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan over the next year. However, it looks like his speech will focus on jobs and the economy.
When he addresses the nation, President Obama will also probably talk about North Korea's latest nuclear test and he should touch on the gun debate that's been going on since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Sources close to the President have told the media his speech should focus around the economy and jobs. One advisor to the President said the theme Tuesday night will be "one about building the middle class from the inside-out as opposed to the top down".
Scott Crichlow, the chair of the political science department at WVU, told 5 News the president will probably mention that the U.s. economy is getting better, but not as fast some folks would like.
"He'll be presenting his plan for the future," Crichlow said. "He'll talk about what is possible to pass through Congress and what's not possible to pass through Congress."
Rose Dumire, a Morgantown resident, said she wants to hear President Obama talk about jobs and said she's looking to hear something positive.
The speech will take place at 9 p.m. and WDTV will air the State of the Union address.
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