strikes a presidential tone as he addresses Congress

President Donald takes his first mission-critical trip down Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday to address a Joint Session of Congress, telling his political opponents that 'the time for small thinking is over, the time for trivial fights is behind us.'

'We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts, the bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls, and the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action,' he will say.

'From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations not burdened by our fears.'

On his way: President and the First Lady left the White House for the short trip to the Capitol

Getting ready: House Speaker Paul Ryan opens the Joint Session of Congress as members of both Houses gather ahead of the president's speech

A handful of excerpts distributed by a senior administration official point to rhetoric that's full of such Kennedyesque loft.

'Think of the marvels we can achieve,' will urge, speaking of his still-incubating science reform proposals, 'if we simply set free the dreams of our people, cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope.'

Back on earth and away from the speechwriter's sweep, the president will call on Congress to 'increase funding for our veterans,' pass 'historic tax reform' for middle-class Americans, make good on his campaign pledge to 'repeal and replace Obamacare,' help soften the financial burden of child care, and 'help ensure new parents have paid family leave.'

His speech also includes a demand that the government 'invest in women's health' and 'promote clean air and clean water and rebuild our military infrastructure.'

And will boast that 'by finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages,

help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.'

More members of Congress – including a nearly full complement of Democrats – will hear it in person than anything has said previously.

Following a rash of Democratic boycotts of his January 20 inauguration, only one – Rep. Maxine Waters of California – announced that she would purposely skip Tuesday's speech.

The far-left partisan reportedly said during a morning Democratic Caucus meeting that any lawmaker 'who can't sit still shouldn't go.'

Others, including New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, said they would attend but go out of their way to avoid shaking 's hand – something few members of Congress get close enough to do.

Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee, known for hogging an aisle seat every time President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union speech – the better to be seen on TV shaking his hand – said through a spokesman that she didn't plan to repeat the effort.

New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, another Democrat, was also fond of sitting on the aisle so he could share a few words with Obama once a year.

But as turns the page and builds his own relationship

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