Our third President, philosopher-politician, author of the Declaration of Independence, and slave-owner Thomas Jefferson was not an orator. Indeed public speaking was perhaps his greatest weakness. Tonight, however, expect the opposite.
The speech tonight will commence at 9pm. Expect the speech to run about an hour-before intermittent candid applauses are factored in, that is.
This speech comes at a time of widespread uncertainty; economic, partisan relations, international relations, international economic instability, and the list goes on.
President Obama, arguably the single-most powerful man in the world, has an opportunity to confront these questions. Investor confidece and consumer confidence will both be directly impacted by tonight's address. Keep an eye on the markets the next few days to gauge the financial response to Obama's SOTU.