Obama faces Republican-led Congress Tuesday night

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time as president, Barack Obama will stand before a Republican-led Congress to deliver his State of the Union address.

In Tuesday night’s speech, he’ll try to convince lawmakers newly empowered to block his agenda that they should join with him on education, cyber and national security proposals.

Obama’s address is expected to be as much about selling a story of economic revival as it is about outlining new initiatives.

The approach reflects the White House’s belief that it’s been too cautious in promoting economic gains — out of fear of looking tone deaf to the struggles of many people.

White House advisers have suggested that restraint hindered Democrats in the November elections and helped Republicans take full control of Congress for the first time in eight years.

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