Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. EST, President Obama will give his fifth State of the Union to the United States Congress, an annual speech in which the president outlines not only the current state of the country but also outlines his legislative agenda for the next year. The practice of addressing Congress once a year dates to 1790, when President George Washington began the tradition with his yearly "President's Annual Message to Congress."
The State of the Union can be watched several places. The White House has a live feed which can be watched beginning several minutes prior to the commencement of the speech.
All the four major broadcast networks (that's ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX) will begin live coverage beginning at 9:00 p.m., followed thereafter by the Republican response to the State of the Union. That secondary speech will be delivered by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
ABC will anchor "Nightline" and "World News" from Washington, D.C. If you like your commentary angry and liberal, you can catch coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST with CurrentTV's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."
Coverage on ABC, CBS, and FOX will run until 10:30 p.m. EST. NBC will run until 11:00 p.m.; all networks will delay normal programming.
While the speech begins at 9:00 p.m., don't be too eager; tune in around 9:10 p.m. if you don't care to watch an awful lot of unnecessary clapping.