It's official: Pres. Obama has been invited to deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 25.
And this year, the invitation to the Capitol came from the other side of the aisle. On Tuesday, new House Speaker John Boehner formally asked the president to his chamber.
Boehner made reference to the shooting in Arizona last weekend in the letter to Obama.
"Recent events have reminded us of the imperfect nature of our representative democracy, but also how much we cherish the ideal that our government exists to serve the people," Boehner wrote. "Even in the wake of tragedy, we must never waiver from our obligation to carry out their will and provide solutions to keep moving our nation forward."
Boehner also indicated he looks forward to hearing the president's ideas.
"As many great challenges lie ahead for our nation, we welcome an opportunity to hear your proposals," he said.