Like his predecessors, President Obama could use his election-year State of the Union address as a launchpad for his campaign. Following a Tuesday night speech likely to mention the killing of Osama bin Laden last May and recent signs of economic progress, the president is scheduled to make appearances in five swing states. There, he’ll have the opportunity to reiterate the themes of his address. Obama’s post-address itinerary is longer than those of previous presidents. But of the last six presidents, only Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush remained in Washington on the day following their reelection year State of the Union address.
Toledo, Ohio (Jan. 21)“Last night I had the opportunity to address the nation. I just want to assure you that I understand my most important obligation as your president is to keep this country secure and strong.”
Phoenix, Ariz. (Jan. 21) “I just want to remind everybody right quick what we have been through, just to show you how strong America is.”
Roswell, N.M. (Jan. 22)“I said in the speech the other night, two-thirds of known al Qaeda leaders have been captured or killed. We're making progress against them.”
Washington, D.C. (Jan. 29)“As I said Wednesday night, America is back and standing tall.”