Obama speech to pivot off Arizona tragedy
January 25th, 2011
07:38 PM ET

Obama speech to pivot off Arizona tragedy

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama is planning to mention the Tucson shooting tragedy near the top of his State of the Union Address Tuesday in order to press members of Congress to "lower your tone and raise your sights" about the future, according to a senior administration official.

"I think the American people are screaming for that," said the senior administration official. "They want adult supervision."

Sticking with the unity theme, the senior official said Obama will also use the "shellacking" his party suffered in the November election – as well as the successes of the lame duck session of Congress in December – to say that if politicians are going to tackle the nation's huge challenges they will "need to do all of it together" in the months ahead.

The senior administration official added that Obama is planning a "very optimistic" tone with five big picture themes, rather than presenting a long list of policy proposals.

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