January 24th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) –The White House is facing hostile fire from Republicans in the final hours leading up to the State of the Union address.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney accused the president of offering more “partisan planks for his election campaign.”
House Speaker John Boehner said the speech “sounds like we’re going to see a re-run of what we’ve heard over the last three years.”
Pushing back on the verbal attacks, a senior administration official told CNN the rhetoric from Republicans was “unfortunate and revealing.”
“After all, what is more political than criticizing a speech you haven’t even heard?” the official said.
Meanwhile the White House is pushing its own narrative, using a self produced all access video to show an engaged president and his team working on the speech and proposals aimed at helping middle class Americans.
“He really wanted us to focus on those types of economic policies that could have a tangible effect over these next few years,” said Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, in the White House produced video.
It’s a rare glimpse into how a State of the Union address goes from the first key strokes on a computer to a teleprompter read by the president.
And it’s the kind of access those who cover the White House would never be granted.
What was allowed turned out to be the only public glimpse of the president Tuesday. A small group of reporters were gathered to capture a short walk from the Oval office along the colonnade and Rose Garden.
Responding to a shouted question about the status of his speech, the president said, “May have a few touch-ups left.”
Then he declared his nearly finished speech, “not bad.”