Jan 7, 2015 4:44 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's approval rating is creeping upward. The economy is growing. And a flurry of aggressive executive actions has energized the West Wing.
Obama's challenge now is figuring out how to prevent this burst of momentum from being more than just a blip on the radar of his presidency's waning years.
To the White House, the immediate answer lies outside of Washington. On Wednesday, Obama starts three days of travel to Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee to preview manufacturing, housing and education proposals that will be part of his Jan. 20 State of the Union address.
Not on Obama's schedule during his first workweek of the new year: a meeting with the leaders of the Republican-led Congress, which officially began Tuesday. That won't happen until early next week.