President Barack Obama approaches his State of the Union speech Tuesday without having fulfilled a number of promises from earlier annual addresses.
These include reforming immigration laws, rewriting the nation's governing education statute, doing away with subsidies to oil companies - even holding annual meetings with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders.
The reality is that for Obama, like presidents before him, the lofty goals he delivers before a joint session of Congress and a prime-time television audience often fall victim to the messy realities of governing.
And this year will be even tougher for the president in that regard, given a divided, partisan Congress and a presidential election campaign well under way.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.