State of the Commonwealth, State of the Union on same night

FILE - In this Feb. Feb. 12, 2013 file-pool photo, President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Here’s a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He’ll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That’s just the reality of a politically divided government. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File-Pool)

(WWLP) – Governor Deval Patrick and President Barack Obama are both getting ready for their annual messages to the people. Patrick’s State of the Commonwealth address and Obama’s State of the Union will both be held Tuesday night.

Patrick’s annual address was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but a winter storm that dumped several inches of snow over eastern portions of the state caused the governor to postpone the message for the week. Under the strict timing requirements of the state constitution, he hosted a news conference last Wednesday in which he introduced the state budget, but he is expected to outline other priorities Tuesday, in what will be his eighth and final State of the Commonwealth address. He will speak in front of a joint session of the Legislature starting at 7:30 P.M., and you can watch it live on 22News on the air, and here on

Later in the night, President Barack Obama will make his annual State of the Union address. The President is facing what are among the lowest poll numbers of his presidency, and he is expected to speak about issues like the minimum wage, the condition of the economy, and possibly immigration  reform. You can watch NBC’s coverage of the State of the Union address at 9:00 P.M. on 22News, and on

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