State of the Union: Is anyone listening to President Obama?
28 January 2014 Last updated at 00:01 GMT
On 28 January, President Obama will go before the nation to deliver his annual State of the Union address.
It is a speech that allows the Commander in Chief to outline his priorities for the year ahead and to focus the country's attention.
But this year he faces an uphill battle. With low approval ratings and a divided Congress, what can he actually get done?
The BBC's Katty Kay assesses the mood in Washington.