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Charlottesville Reaction to State of the Union Address

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

Feburary 1, 2006

If you took a stroll around Charlottesville and ask most people how they felt about President Bush's State of the Union Address last night, it wouldn't take much to get an opinion out of some people, that's if they even watched it.

When Erica Nordenson of Charlottesville was asked if she saw the State of the Union Address last night, she replied, "No I didn't. At this point I guess I'm not that interested in politics. I do vote, but [there is] no interest beyond that."

As I hit the pavement on the Downtown Mall and on the Corner with a transcript from last night's State of the Union Address in my hand I found that a lot of people just weren't interested, but there were more than a few willing to speak their minds.

”I think he has a lot of big ideas that never really seem to come to fruition and they seem to be well thought out sometimes, but not necessarily by him,” said Tom Daly of Charlottesville.

Tom Jones of Albemarle County also had he say, “I was disappointed he didn't say anything about conservation, which is the fast payoff and the easiest, cheapest payoff doing anything to solve our energy problems.”

While many people spoke with less than positive comments, there were some uplifting responses.

“Everyone's talking about the partisan thing and trying to move beyond that and I felt that was hopeful and everyone seems to realize--both sides--that there is a better way,” said Chelsea Coleman of Charlottesville.

Some polls show that of those who watched the State of Union were 43% Republican, 23% Democratic and 34% Independent.


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