As most thought, the State of the Union will take place Jan. 25th.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) invited the president to address Congress on that date, Boehner's office confirms to First Read.'
*** UPDATE 2 *** A White House aide tells First Read that the president has accepted and that is when it will take place.
*** UPDATE *** NBC's Kelly O'Donnell has more with the full letter:
January 11, 2011
The Honorable Barack Obama
The President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
A new Congress provides us a renewed opportunity to find common ground and address the priorities of the American people. Our actions must be driven by their desire for freedom, economic recovery, and fiscal sensibility, as well as a need to rebuild the broken bonds of trust between the people and their government.
Recent events have reminded us of the imperfect nature of our representative democracy, but also how much we cherish the ideal that our government exists to serve the people. Even in the wake of tragedy, we must never waiver from our obligation to carry out their will and provide solutions to keep moving our nation forward.
As many great challenges lie ahead for our nation, we welcome an opportunity to hear your proposals. Therefore, I am honored to invite you to offer an address on the State of the Union on January 25, 2011, before a Joint Session of Congress.
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to your response.
JOHN A. BOEHNER
Speaker of the House