Preparing for the State of the Union Address

BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- President Obama's approval ratings have taken a major hit since his last State of the Union address.

The president is expected to spend time on issues like immigration, education, and income equality Tuesday night.

He may also address using executive orders, which he used most recently to raise minimum wage for federally contracted workers.

"I think he's going to make that point to the American public that if Congress doesn't want to go, if Congress doesn't want to work with us, then I have the option to do this over here," said David McQuilkin, a professor emeritus at Bridgewater College.

McQuilkin also said even though the president may be pushed to use it, it is not as effective as passing a law.

"The next President could come in and rescind all those executive orders, the only have power so long as the president recognizes them," said McQuilkin.

Even with fewer people watching across the country, McQuilkin said the State of the Union is a unique occasion that people should watch.

"It's the opportunity for the President to communicate directly with the public and to communicate with Congress in a way he doesn't get to communicate," said McQuilkin.

Other issues the president could cover tonight include the affordable care act, foreign policy, and national security.

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