Local Community Reacts to State of the Union Address

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

"We are grateful for the good life of Coretta Scott King," said President George W Bush.

President Bush began his State Of The Union address by recognizing the passing of a civil rights leader, but it was down to business from there.

"Tonight our state of the union is strong and together we will make it stronger," he said.

"It was good I liked his visions, I liked his goals, it's nice to talk about things 20 years out," said Cristofer Cowles, local resident.

"I didn't see anything new, he just repeated the same things I've heard since he's been in office," said Mildred Stan, local resident.

In his 52 minute speech, the President defended his controversial domestic eaves dropping program.

"If there are people in our county who are talking with Al-Qaueda, we want to know about it," said Bush.

He also spoke of the use of alternative energy to replace more than 75 percent of the nation's oil imports and promised to stay the course in Iraq.

"We must keep our word, defeat our enemies, and stand behind the American military in its vital mission," said Bush.

"When he says we're winning, at least he makes people who are challenging that really challenge it," said Cowles.

"We're after the oil; come on, let's be honest," said Vaughn Bryant, local resident.

But one resident says, for her, there is an important topic he didn't cover.

"I was more concerned about New Orleans and the different places down there that need help," said Bertha Mathis, local resident.

But overall, how did his words rest with the local community?

"Did I watch it? Yes. Was I sick? Yes. Do I think this guy needs to be out of office? I can hardly wait," said Bryant.

"He hit all the things he was supposed to say and hit it well and had a standing ovation that exemplified that," said Charles Lanichek, local resident.

President Bush isn't done with his State Of The Union messages. He is now on a national tour where he will reinforce those messages.


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