Congressman Adrian Smith expects more politics than policy in the State of the Union address this evening.
President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress and the country, beginning at 8pm. The White House has released excerpts of the speech. The address will center on the economy, stating he is ready to work with Republicans, but warning he will “fight obstruction with action.”
Nebraska will have a presence at the speech. Warren Buffet’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek of Bellevue, will be a guest in the First Lady’s Box tonight. Obama is expected to flesh out his Buffett rule, an effort to more equalize the tax structure.
In addition, Astronaut Mark Kelly, who spoke at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last night, will be in Washington tonight, also a guest of the First Lady. Kelly is husband to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, shot and wounded by a gunman during a meeting with constituents last year. Giffords has announced she will not run for re-election, to concentrate on her recovery.
Smith expects Obama to make his pitch for re-election during the speech. Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network he hopes the president focuses on jobs, especially how changes in the tax structure could spur economic development.
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Congressman Adrian Smith about the State of the Union address [5:55]