Obama's State of the Union speech on January 25

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:35pm EST

President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the shooting in Arizona during his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy (not pictured) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 10, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the shooting in Arizona during his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy (not pictured) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 10, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, when he will lay out his legislative priorities for the year, is to be on January 25.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner set the date in an invitation on Tuesday to Obama to address a joint session of the Congress.

"As many great challenges lie ahead for our nation, we welcome an opportunity to hear your proposals," Boehner said in the invitation to Obama.

The State of the Union address is typically the biggest speech of the year for the president, one in which he lays out what he hopes to get done in the coming year.

Obama faces the challenge this year of working with the Republican-led House and a greater Republican minority in the Senate, possibly forcing him to scale back his ambitions.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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