President Barack Obama will deliver his 2012 State of the Union address at 9:00 pm Tuesday, January 24 on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Following tradition, House Speaker John Boehner (a 1977 Xavier alumnus) sent a letter to the President formally inviting him to give the address to a joint session of Congress.
"As we work together to end this legislative year by advancing initiatives to help Americans struggling in a difficult economy, we must also look ahead for new opportunities to put solutions before politics," Boehner wrote. "We welcome an opportunity to hear your new ideas for working with the Congress."
Xavier University can offer two experts with wide-ranging experience in political commentary for your audience:
Dr. Gene Beaupre is director of government relations at Xavier and an instructor in political science, specializing in local government (both campaign politics and governance). He spent almost 30 years working in Cincinnati government as staff director of 2 mayors, as city council aide, as a city department director, and other positions. Gene has also served on campaigns for both candidates and issues. He is an instructor in Xavier’s Philosophy, Politics and the Public honors program.
(has an appointment from 6:30-8 on 1/24, but free before or after)
Dr. Mack Mariani Mack Mariani earned his BA at Canisius College (1991) and his MA and PHD at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (1992, 2006). His teaching and research interests include campaigns and elections, Congress and the legislative process, women and politics, and political internships/experiential learning. Mariani served as district director and press secretary for a member of the US House of Representatives, as speechwriter and press secretary for two county executives, and as chief of staff for a county legislature.