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Mississippians React to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 26 Jan 2011 03:52pm | comments
About 20 people gather at Hal and Mal's in Jackson to watch President Obama's State of the Union Address

From Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington to State Street in Jackson, Americans are talking about President Obama's State of the Union Address. MPB's Lawayne Childrey has reaction from Mississippi's capitol city.

At Hal and Mal's restaurant and bar in Jackson, about 20 people, black, white, young, old, male and female gathered around flat screen TV’s to watch President Barack Obama give his 2nd state of the union address.

"None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where the new jobs will come from."

During the presidents hour long speech the issues that mattered most for Mississippi's Obama campaign organizer, Roosevelt Daniels was the presidents stance on the US staying globally competitive through education and innovation.

"One of the things that he hit home was that we were the first to put cars in driveways, we were the first to put a computer at a desk. We were the first with Internet technology as far as goggle and face book. So we have to look forward and build forward to our future so we can create jobs and look at new industry for the 21st century."

Elain Talbott, traveled from Madison to sit in with the group. She too had some strong reactions to the president’s speech

"Everybody's gotta give and everybody's gotta get a lil bit but I absolutely do not believe that we need to shoot the wounded. We've got people in this country that have been systematically victimized for decades. We need to take those folk, if they need education and lift them up while we're all lifting. Those ships need to rise with the rest of us."

While retired Jackson educator Ann Saunders believes innovation is the key to jobs she also believes some of the responsibility lies beyond the president.

"Figuring out a way to get the banks and the corporations to come off the money that they're sitting on. I think that that's a pressure that actually the American people might be able to better apply by the way they spend and by what they do as opposed to something that the president does.

Republican Political Commentator Andy Taggart says there were many things in the president’s speech that he agreed with like the call for an increase in American productivity and a decrease in corporate income taxes. But he says there are still concerns over healthcare and the proposed current level spending freeze.

"The deficit for last year alone was 1.4 trillion dollars so to freeze federal spending at its current levels is in my estimation far too little in improvement."

In his speech the president said he wants to pump more money into infrastructure to spur the economy and enhance the future. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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About 20 people gather at Hal and Mal's in Jackson to watch President Obama's State of the Union Address


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