Newly-inaugurated US President Barack Obama pauses while delivering inaugural address in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Jan. 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Yan) Photo Gallery>>>
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is likely to address the Congress next week, both Democrats and Republicans, to make known his policy priorities, including his economy recovery plan, said the White House on Friday.
"I think it is likely that he will speak to a joint session of Congress sometime in February," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told a press conference.
"We look forward to continuing to seek their ideas, to seek their input and have a process where their ideas can be debated and voted on," he said.
The address, whose date has not yet been decided, will the first time for Obama to formally speak to Congress members since he was sworn in as a president.
U.S. presidents are required to update the Congress with their governance annually by delivering the "State of the Union" address.
However, a newly-sworn president usually address the Congress about his priorities since his presidency just kicks off.
According to Gibbs, the president will also go to the Capitol Hill to talk to Republican lawmakers next week to seek their opinion on his economic stimulus plan.
He has been calling for bipartisan cooperation in the Congress to pass his economic recovery plan, which was estimated valued at 825 million U.S. dollars.
Barack Obama swears in as the 44th president of the United States of America in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Jan. 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Yan) Photo Gallery>>>
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States here on Tuesday, becoming the first African-American president in the country's 233-year history.
Standing on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol and putting his left hand on a Bible used to swear in his role model, President Abraham Lincoln, in 1861, the 47-year-old Obama took the 35-word oath of office around Tuesday noon, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Full story
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- In his first working day at the White House on Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama had a full schedule, handling important and tough issues including the economy, Iraq war, Guantanamo prison, among others.
After a grand inaugural ceremony and 10 official celebration balls on Tuesday, Obama officially moved into the Oval Office around 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT). Later in the day, he attended a religious service at the National Cathedral, as all new U.S. presidents do. Full story