State of the union address is unlikely to satisfy all La. voters
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A year after his Presidency, President Obama will deliver his State Of the Union address on Wednesday night. But Louisianans across the political spectrum indicates, the Obama 's political task is Herculeon according to www.nola.com
Mike Mitternight who has a small commercial air-conditioning business in Metairie, said he would like the President to sack his first year's agenda, back off on his party's ambitious health-care plan and cap-and-trade legislation, and drop the "arrogant approach" of a "chicago bully trying to force his way."
"We all know the President can speak well," said Sen. David Vitter, R-La., "the question is whether he's listening". What good is it, asked Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, for the administration to promote plans to curtail spending and cut the deficit, even as the Democratic Senate was moving toward raising the debt ceiling. http://www.timespicayune.com
"All their actions contradict their words" Scalise said, "the American people don't want to hear a different speech; They want to see a different style of leadership." Charlie Melancon, a Blue Dog Democrat from Napoleonville who is running for Senate and has opposed Obama on some key note, including health care, said "the announcement of a plan to freeze domestic spending for three years is a good start." www.nola.com
Sen. Mary Landrieu also said she likes the idea of a freeze, though she wants more details, and hopes the President will devote a good portion of his speech to proposals to help small and newly formed businesses add jobs in the troubled economy. "Look freezing spending as needs are rising is never good, but sometimes it is necessary", Landrieu said.
Others maintain a deep reservoir of faith in Obama. " I feel remarkably calm and trusting", said Lynda Wooland, a leading Obama loyalist from New Orleans, who will be watching the speech at the Organizing For America Headquarters at 842 Camp st., which will be preceded by a National conference call with Plouffe. Wooland said, "I would like him to give people a little of the hope we had in the campaign".
Don Landry, a hospitality Industry consultant from Slidell, said "What I'd really like for Obama to do" is deliver the state of the union "without once blaming President Bush for all the problems in the world".www.timespicayune.com