J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press
January 19, 2010
President Obama's senior political adviser, David Axelrod, is seen through a window in the West Wing of the White House in Washington. Talking about President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26, Axelrod told the Associated Press, "Obviously you want to write a speech in a way that is interesting enough that people want to listen, and that leaves them feeling a sense of momentum and progress. But these are serious times. I don't think this is a time for rhetorical flights of fancy," he said.