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Watch the 2011 State of the Union Address Live Online (Live Video Stream)

2011 State of the Union Address Live Online (Live Video Stream)

State of the Union Address Live Stream: President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union speech in front of a divided and skeptical US Congress and millions of viewers nationwide, tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET. Last year Obama talked about bank bailouts and recoveries, now he is expected to focus on the American economy, jobs and budget deficits in his address, which serves as the kickoff to his re-election bid in 2012.

As the Republican Party gained a majority in the House during the 2010 midterm elections, this will be the first SOTU address with Speaker of the House John Boehner seated behind the Commander-in- chief. Ahead of the speech, Republicans sought to pressure the President over spending, but expect Obama to be cordial in acknowledging the new Republican majority, although the mood inside the chamber is expected to be more somber as compared to previous gatherings.

With the Republicans now in control, Obama faces major challenges in accomplishing his goals for this year. However, the crucial test for him is whether he can persuade the public that he has the solutions for America’s growing number of unemployment while reining in the nation’s growing debt.

A State of the Union Preview

The White House is using various social-media sites like Twitter and Facebook to make this year’s SOTU speech the most interactive to date. The President’s annual report will air on major television news networks, and it can also be watched online (live stream) over at WhiteHouse.gov or via C-SPAN.org. In the meantime, you might want to check out Obama’s State of the Union speech last year below: