Obama releases video teasing State of the Union address

Story highlights

  • In the teaser, Obama expressed optimism for the upcoming year
  • The President will deliver a non-traditional speech this year, senior administration officials said last month

Washington (CNN)The White House on Wednesday released a clip of President Barack Obama in a video trailer previewing his final State of the Union address.

In the teaser, first posted on Chief of Staff Denis McDonough's new Twitter account, the President expressed optimism for the upcoming year.
Casually perched on the edge of his Oval Office desk, the President said his speech would not just focus on his administration's accomplishments or his goals heading into the last year, but instead on what America "needs to do in the years to come. The big things that guarantee an even stronger ... more prosperous America."
The President will deliver a "non-traditional" speech this year, senior administration officials said last month, and as evidenced by this video teaser, social media is likely to play a large role.
"While I'm writing, my team is cooking up new ways you can watch and engage with the speech," the President said. "I hope you'll all tune in ... because this address will be for you."