President Trump will take the podium on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday night for his first State of the Union address. He addressed Congress last February, but as with all new presidents, that was not technically a State of the Union address, as new presidents are not expected to deliver one only a few weeks after starting the job.
Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's address:
What time does it start?
The president will begin speaking shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern time, but the politics nerds among us will tune in a half hour early to watch the "red carpet" arrivals of Cabinet officials, military brass, the Supreme Court and other dignitaries who are announced by the doorkeeper and then proceed down the aisle to their seats.
How long will it last?
Expect the speech to last about an hour, give or take 15 minutes.
What will the president talk about?
State of the Union addresses have traditionally served as a platform for the president to spell out his agenda for the upcoming year, usually with references to funding requests that will be included in the budget the president proposes a week or so after the speech.
In these times, the president's budget request has become a forgotten document — not only has Congress not acted on the budget request Trump issued last year, it has not even been able to pass a full government spending plan for 2018, which is why the country keeps lurching from shutdown threat to shutdown threat.
So we may not get much in the way of spending details, but President Trump is still expected to offer up a broad, forward-looking agenda, ranging from his continued pursuit of a wall on the U.S.- Mexico border to a massive infrastructure proposal he is expected to roll out in the next few weeks. He will also likely revisit remarks he made to global economic leaders last week in Davos, Switzerland, where he highlighted a strong U.S. economy and said the U.S. is "open for business."
This year's overarching theme: Trump will say that under his leadership, American is becoming "safe, strong and proud."
Who has the counter argument?
After Trump speaks, Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III — the grandson of former Sen. Robert Kennedy — will offer the opposing views in a brief televised response, and the Democrats will also offer a Spanish language response by Virginia state House Del. Elizabeth Guzman, whose victory over an 8-term Republican incumbent highlighted dramatic election-night gains in November for Democrats in the Commonwealth.
Who will be in the chamber?
Since Ronald Reagan, presidents have invited guests to the State of the Union address to highlight key policy areas they want to focus on. Expect Trump this year to introduce workers or business owners who are benefiting from the sweeping tax overhaul he signed in December, and perhaps a family affected by the opioid crisis.
One of the emotional highlights of last year's address was when Trump acknowledged Carryn Owens, the widow of William "Ryan" Owens, who died a month earlier in commando raid in Yemen that targeted the al-Qaeda terrorist network.
Democrats are also planing to bring guests, particularly "DREAMers" — young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, whose temporary deportation protections were cancelled by Trump last fall.
Who will protest?
There are an array of demonstrations planned both inside and outside the House chamber. Dozens of Democratic lawmakers are expected to wear black to symbolize the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment; this is also a not-so-subtle dig at Trump, who has repeatedly been accused of sexual misbehavior.
Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are boycotting the speech, including Rep. Fredreka Wilson, D-Fla., who got involved in a war of words with Trump in October when she overheard his call to the wife of a soldier killed in Niger and said Trump was disrespectful.
Actor/activist Alyssa Milano will host on on-line protest Tuesday using the hashtag #StateOfTheDream to raise money for an immigrant rights organization.