President Bush is getting ready to delliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday evening during which he will discuss the economy, energy, health care and the war on terrorism.
According to excerpts released by the White House, the president will say that "America is addicted to oil," and that the country must use technology to break its dependence.
He will re-state his stance on the war on terror, saying the United States must stay on the offensive against terrorism. And he will say the U.S. is committed to the long-term goal of ending tyranny in the world.
Mr. Bush will also stress the necessity of keeping the American workforce skilled and well-educated, so the United States can compete with rising economic competitors like China and India.
The president is expected to comment extensively on the Middle East, specifically the war in Iraq, Iran's nuclear program, and the triumph of the militant group Hamas in Palestinian elections.
Mr. Bush's speech comes after a year in which his approval ratings have dropped sharply. A newly published (NBC News/Wall Street Journal) opinion poll shows his approval rating at 39 percent.
The Democratic party response to the president's speech will be delivered by Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine.