Talk shows to preview Obama addresses

Hopes for healthcare reform and fears of swine flu will dominate the Sunday shows this weekend.

Specifically, lawmakers and pundits will preview President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaIntelligence for the days after President Trump leaves office Barack Obama sends Valentine's message to Michelle: 'She does get down to Motown' For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love MORE's two major speeches scheduled for next week: a healthcare address to a joint session of Congress, and a controversial address to schoolchildren nationwide.


Two White House aides will likely preview the president's speeches during their respective interviews: David Axelrod on "Meet the Press," and Robert Gibbs on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Arne DuncanArne Starkey DuncanObama Education Secretary: US education system is 'top 10 in nothing' Obama Cabinet official: Trump doesn’t want educated workforce Obama Education secretary: DeVos's yacht set adrift a 'crazy metaphor' for her policy MORE will make an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" to defend the president's decision to address the nation's schoolchildren. Duncan will also discuss how parents and schools can contain the swine flu outbreak as the school year kicks off.

A panel of influential healthcare wonks will follow Gibbs on ABC. Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will discuss the prospects for healthcare reform. Daschle is an informal White House adviser and was Obama's top choice to be Health and Human Services Secretary.

On "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderCongress must move forward on measure dealing with fentanyl GOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees Key doctors group faces political risks on guns MORE (R-Tenn.) will discuss healthcare reform with a trio of unelected but infuential Washington hands: former DNC chairman Howard Dean, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.

Finally, CNN will tape "State of the Union" live from the Minnesota State Fair, where they'll sit down with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), a potential 2008 GOP presidential candidate. Pawlenty has questioned Obama's motive in scheduling a daytime address to schools.

While in Minnesota, CNN's John King will also speak with Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates Barbara Lee endorses Kamala Harris's 2020 bid MORE (D-Minn.).