Obama to Address Congress
By Michael D. Shear
President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24, an administration official said, giving the equivalent of a State of the Union speech that promises to continue his grim assessments of the nation's struggling economy.
Obama aides had promised such a speech but had not yet announced a date. The decision to give the speech on Feb. 24 means that he will deliver it not long after Congress considers his economic stimulus plan about ten days earlier.
Aides would not provide details about what Obama will tell Congress, but said it would not be unlike the kinds of State of the Union speeches that presidents traditionally give each year.
Obama is likely to talk about the economic struggles facing the nation and the need to enact further measures designed to loosen the credit system, strengthen regulatory measures and add jobs.
On foreign policy, the president is sure to address his recent moves to begin a draw-down in Iraq, shift resources to Afghanistan and renew efforts at Middle East peace.
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