A year ago, he was flying high. Now, after Barack Obama’s worst political setback since becoming US President, he will try to regain the initiative in his first State of the Union address.
Job creation is set to be central. Obama’s biggest challenge is to tackle double-digit, 26-year high unemployment which has eroded his popularity. But that is not his only problem.
Obama’s legislative agenda, including healthcare reform, was cast into doubt when his Democrats lost a key Senate seat this month. He is expected to outline how efforts to overhaul the system can proceed.
The president is likely to display a feistier side, emphasising themes like slapping new curbs on Wall Street. And Obama will reportedly propose a three-year freeze on many domestic spending programmes.
You can follow his speech on euronews from 3am Central European Time.