To those of you just joining us, welcome. I'm Kelsey Proud, your local host for the chat from St. Louis Public Radio. What do you hope to hear from the president tonight?
@Baracklyn: Scalia does attend, along with the rest of the Supreme Court.
Wow. The speaker really doesn't look happy to be there.
@gb1302 The Speaker chooses the sergeant at arms. So if you want that job, you better get to know the speaker.
@Sara: Didn't catch Cantor walking in. Let me know if you see who you're asking about again in another shot.
The president went with a Democratic blue tie tonight.
@Lulu, we are only hosting audio. For video use whitehouse.gov
Now that the speech has begun, the embargo is lifted. I can reveal that the president WILL mention North Korea tonight...
After an inaugural speech that many called a unabashed embrace of a progressive agenda, President Obama opens his address alluding to bipartisanship.
"Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that 'the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress...It is my task,' he said, 'to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all,'" Obama said.
@Dave Some analysts do believe that the North Korean nuclear test was timed to upstage the president's speech.