Obama Will Trumpet Economic Recovery in State of the Union Runup

TIME

Two weeks before he is set to deliver the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama will embark on a tour to highlight the nation’s economic progress and preview his agenda for the coming year.

The White House said Obama will trumpet the recovery of the nation’s automotive sector in a speech in the Detroit area on Wednesday, just one day after the new Republican-controlled Congress holds its first meetings of 2015.

On Thursday, the President will point to a strengthening housing market in Phoenix, one of the areas most deeply impacted by the housing crisis. On Friday, Obama will join Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in Tennessee to discuss education and job training. The speeches will look to connect Obama’s sometime unpopular actions taken early in his presidency to the current period of economic growth.

The President will also “announce policies that he will highlight…

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