Biden’s speech comes at a fraught moment in history

President Biden is set to deliver his first State of the Union address at a perilous moment, with bitter divisions at home, and with Russia's invasion of Ukraine dominating the world headlines.


National News

March 1, 2022 - 9:48 AM

U.S President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House September 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing disquiet at home and danger abroad, President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address at a precipitous moment for the nation, aiming to navigate the country out of a pandemic, reboot his stalled domestic agenda and confront Russia’s aggression.

The speech Tuesday night had initially been conceived by the White House as an opportunity to highlight the improving coronavirus outlook and rebrand Biden’s domestic policy priorities as a way to lower costs for families grappling with soaring inflation. But it has taken on new significance with last week’s Russian invasion of Ukraine and nuclear saber-rattling by Vladimir Putin. 

Biden, in his remarks, planned to highlight the bravery of Ukrainian defenders and the resolve of a newly reinvigorated Western alliance that has worked to rearm the Ukrainian military and impose sanctions on Russia to cripple its economy. 

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