Via CNS News:
“People around our country are hungry for action,” White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday. “And what you’ll hear from the president tonight is going to be all about action — creating opportunity — and it’s going to be a very optimistic speech.”
Jarrett said the president, in his sixth State of the Union Address, will “set forth very specific, concrete proposals that he things will move our country forward — create opportunity for hard-working Americans who want to succeed.”
She said he will continue to prod Congress to pass major pieces of legislation, such as immigration reform and trade agreements. “But he also will make clear tonight that he will take action on his own,” Jarrett said, pointing to Tuesday’s announcement that Obama plans to raise the minimum wage on all federal contracts to $10.10 an hour.
Another example of taking action on his own is Friday’s White House summit with business leaders, who will try to make it easier for the long-term unemployed to get jobs, she said.
Although he will take action on his own where he can, he’ll also “continue to call on Congress, both sides of the aisle, to come up with new and fresh ideas for how we can grow our economy and create opportunities for the American people, but we’re not going to stop at that,” Jarrett said.