In what might be a first, President Obama released a commercial Wednesday encouraging people to watch Tuesday's upcoming State of the Union address, his last as president.
In a video released by the White House Wednesday evening, Obama, appearing in dress shirt and tie but no jacket standing before his desk in the Oval Office, implores Americans to participate.
"I hope you all tune in next Tuesday night because this address will be for you," Obama says in the 90-second video.
"I don't think I have ever been more optimistic about a year ahead than I am right now," Obama says. He tells viewers that in his spare time he's working on his speech. "It's my last one and as I'm writing, I keep thinking of the road we've traveled together these past seven years," he says, looking back on his inugaration when the American economy was on the precipice of depression.
"That's what makes America great, our capacity to change for the better … and pull ourselves closer to the America we believe," Obama says. "It is what I want to focus on in this State of the Union address," he said.
"That's what's on my mind," Obama wraps up after saying that in his last year in office he wants to focus on "the big things" that will help the country for years after he leaves office.