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President preparing for final State of the Union Address

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George Washington set a precedent of delivering a live address before Congress, but for more than a hundred years, presidents just sent letters to Congress on the State of the Union.

He is scheduled to deliver the address to both chambers of Congress at the Capitol next Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

Susan Walsh/AP The speech will mark one week since Obama unveiled a series of executive actions created to stem the spate of shootings in America.

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images "We want them to be seen and understood; that their absence means something to this country", President Obama said. "That's what's on my mind", Obama said, Time reported.

Obama is taking his message to two red states. Last year, for the first time ever, Obama invoked the words "lesbian", "bisexual" and "transgender" in remarks before a joint session of Congress.

This will be Obama's second visit to Nebraska since he was elected and the statement reads that he is looking forward to discussing his priorities and opportunities for progress in the next year.

His aim is to define his presidency and legacy before others can do it for him. The president then followed the announcement with a televised town hall meeting on reducing gun violence.

President Obama will keep an empty seat next to the first lady on Tuesday when he gives his State of the Union address, to represent victims of gun violence, according to the White House.

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