State of Union address lays out bold plan for U.S.
The Kansas City Star
President Barack Obama set a bold economic, international and educational plan for the nation.
A group of letter writers meeting at The Kansas City Star offered insight on the president’s comments. “I think he offered a lot of ideas, programs and a wish list. He’s seeking GOP buy-in,” one letter writer offered.
Others said Obama offered policies that sounded at least as much Republican-oriented as Democratic. “He’s going to play heck to getting it all done,” one man said.
Republicans didn’t clap or stand much as the president spoke, even though Obama’s speech was not particularly liberal, said one man, who treated the group to a documentary, “Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin” for Black History Month before the president’s speech.
Another man said he was encouraged by Obama wanting to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and tie increases to the cost of living to get people out of poverty. Getting that through Congress would be an amazing feat.
Others said they were encouraged with Obama wanting to make hard work count for Americans again to get people out of poverty.
Many people hope Obama is able to return jobs to U.S. and stop companies from sending work overseas.
“That stuff doesn’t strike me as liberal,” one letter writer said. “It’s just common sense.”