The address comes at a critical time, when economists say rising gasoline prices are dragging on the nation’s economic recovery. Polls indicate rising prices at the pump are also hurting Obama’s approval rating as he heads into this year's election.
Nearly five in 10 voters gave Obama negative marks on energy, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday. Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have both tried to cast the higher prices as a result of the administration’s policies.
Not including trips to Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, where he regularly boards Air Force One, Obama last visited Maryland in January when he spoke in Cambridge to the House Democratic issues conference. Before that he addressed students and officials at the University of Maryland during the debt limit debate in July.