Local reaction to Bush’s State of the Union address

“I thought it was an excellent speech myself. I thought he covered a lot of the things the folks in the United States are concerned about and would like to hear the president’s thoughts on.
That’s the best speech I’ve ever seen him give. He used to kind of pause a little bit and fidget a little bit. It’s hard to make those kind of speeches.”
“His closing and talking about children and their learning will be a real strong part of his administration. He wants to try to make sure we give kids the very best opportunity that we can to educate them. No matter what their situation is we need to try to make sure they come out with the very basics of an education.”
— Sen. Stuart Ingle,
R-Portales

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“He’s the houdini of public speaking. He’s almost believable. He’s talking about fighting against discrimination, and in the next breath he talks about discrimination against gays and lesbians by protecting the sanctity of marriage, which is a discrimination against a basic human right.”
— Jonathan Weems, graduate student at Eastern New Mexico University

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“He cares more about what’s going on with the rest of the world than he does our faltering farmers here at home and our own home economy. We’re right here in a farming economy and our farmers are struggling and we have more and more go broke every year. They’re becoming fewer and fewer. We need to help people here at home before we help those overseas.”
— Terry Cone, County Chairman for the Democrat Party in Roosevelt County

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“I liked what he said and I think he did a good job of trying to unify America. He noted that tax reform has helped boost the economy and I liked that. Late in the speech he talked about some moral issues, school reform, faith-based charities and the idea that the only real protection against sexually transmitted diseases is abstinence. I appreciate his boldness in saying that, even though it may not be the most popular stand.
A couple of times the camera showed Ted Kennedy and his face showed an appearance of such disgust. I hate to see that. I guess I want to see a more unified country.”
— Albin Smith, Curry County Commissioner and local dairy operator