Job growth and American competitiveness will likely dominate the speech, tempered with the need to start bringing down the country's mountain of debt. The president is also expected to vigorously defend his healthcare overhaul, which is now under attack by Republicans.
Guests include Daniel Hernandez, an intern to Representative Gabrielle Giffords who aided the congresswoman after she was shot in the head during a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona. The family of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was killed during the shooting, will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama. Giffords' office also said her Arizona doctors planned to attend the annual address.