Since President Obama issued his State of the Union address, Politic365 had the opportunity to speak with some Black elected officials from across the country about the impact of the president’s address on them. Here’s what some of them had to say….
Senator Sharon Weston-Broome called President Obama’s speech “unifying, visionary and challenging,” noting that “in order for communities of color to participate and advance in this changing world, we must vigorously address the dropout epidemic in our communities, while simultaneously exhorting our children towards their dreams.”
Mayor Tony Mack of Trenton, New Jersey said that “President Barack Obama spoke directly to the hearts, minds, and issues presently facing Trenton, New Jersey and the critical next steps of our nation as we stand united together for economic revival.”
Mayor Setti Warren of Newton, Massachusetts also chimed in, noting that, “as a Mayor in these difficult economic times, I applaud the President’s commitment to eliminating waste, embracing the use of technology to make government more efficient, and making smart investments in our future.”
Kansas State Representative Barbara Ballard, President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators echoed the sentiment. “The President can’t do it by himself,” she said, “he needs everyone to help him…it’s time for us to work together, to make changes.”
We want to know what you think. Did President Obama lay out a progressive vision for our future? Do you feel more motivated now than before to support his presidency?
This article, Black Elected Officials React to President’s State of the Union Address, can be viewed in its entirety on Politic365.
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