The State of the Union is ____?

“President Barack Obama will deliver a final State of the Union address Tuesday brimming with optimism — far more than most Americans possess,” reports the Associated Press.

After six years of pitching ambitious proposals in his annual speech to Congress, Obama plans to take a rhetorical step back this year as he opens the final stretch of his presidency, in which he has less control over the nation’s political agenda than ever before. By returning to the hopeful tenor of his two presidential campaigns, Obama also hopes to give voice to themes that Democrats can embrace in their campaigns to replace him and win back control of Congress.

Today’s Question: The State of the Union is ____? And what should be done to improve the Union?