WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) listens to President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Obama was expected to lay out a broad agenda to address income inequality, making it easier for Americans to afford college education, and child care. (Photo : Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)
President Obama cut a promotional video ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union, his final while in office, telling viewers his final address to the nation would be for them.
While this could mean anything from discussing last month's historic Climate Accord in Paris to restored relations with Cuba to a record-low unemployment rate since January 2009, the brunt of his speech is likely to focus on gun control.
Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper last week to stress the importance of passing gun reforms laws in the wake of mass shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College and at a the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
According to the Associated Press, a seat in the First Lady's box will be left vacant in homage of victims of gun violence. San Bernardino victim relatives and first responders will be in attendance.
Conversely, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will give the Republican Party's opposite response. Given her ethnicity - she's the daughter of Indian immigrants - general approval in how she responded to last June's Charleston church shootings, and the fact that she's one of few prevalent women in the GOP, there is reason to believe Haley was chose in a run-up to a vice presidential campaign.
The 2016 State of the Union marks newly elected Speak of the House Paul Ryan's first time seated at the Speaker's desk, a role filled by John Boehner from 2011 to 2015.
When: Jan. 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST
Television: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox News, NBC, MSNBC
Live stream: White House website
Social media: White House Snapchat
Republican response webcast: GOP.gov