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US President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address -- his annual showpiece speech -- on January 28, at the start of a mid-term election year. By tradition, the speaker of the House of Representatives must invite the president to make the address to a joint session of the US Congress and a national televised audience. Republican Speaker John Boehner sent a letter of invitation to Obama on Friday, and White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president had accepted. Boehner's office said the joint session was set for 9:00 pm (0200 GMT).