Newsy Monday: WAC Students and the State of the Union Address

sotu2014_blog_promo2_16x9As you may already know, Obama recently gave a State of Union address that was full of expectations and decisiveplans. During his address, many proactive students at WAC watched and reacted to Obama’s plans. Want to know their reactions?

Below are two interviews with Zulekha Abu ’14 and Shane Benz ’16, in which they were asked four questions: 1. What made you want to watch the State of Union address? 2. What was your favorite part? 3. What was your least favorite part? and 4. What is your overall opinion on Obama’s speech? Here are their responses.

Zulekha Abu ’14, Political Science Major

What made you want to watch the State of Union address?

  •  “Well, I’m a political science major and I always watch the State of the Union because I’m just a political junkie.

What was your favorite part?

  •  “When President Obama said, ‘It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode’”

What was your least favorite part?

  •  “Just that there were a lack of topics covered.”

What is your overall opinion on Obama’s speech?

  •  “It was a really inspirational speech that reminded me of his election speeches, which were full of hope.”

Shane Benz ’16, Political Science and Economics Major

 What made you want to watch the State of Union address?

  •  I watched it because of my obligation as a citizen to be actively engaged in the politics of my nation.”

What was your favorite part?

  •  When Obama spoke about how no one should be discriminated against based on who they love, but I am disappointed about how he left out support for ENDA.”

 What was your least favorite part?

  •  “The minimum wage increase he proposed.”

What is your overall opinion on Obama’s speech?

  •  “I think it was generally positive, but I do feel that it was highly scripted so as to gain public acceptance regardless of his policy stances. Reaching out to the military heroes was an easy way to shift focus off of him and onto other things, not that it wasn’t respectful.”

There you have it, two Washington College students with different views on Obama’s speech. However, there are many more out there and if you would like to share your opinion, tell us about it! Let your voice be heard!

Thy Humble Leaf,

Kayla Kyle

Photo Source: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/01/29-state-of-the-union-kamarck

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