BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – The focus of President Obama’s State of The Union speech Tuesday night was increasing employment in the country, and giving everyone in America a fair shot at success.
The President outlined how he was going to do this by building American manufacturing and energy, while also improving worker skills, helping them to find jobs.
He also said that lawmakers can't stand in the way of the economic momentum that is building. President Obama said he would oppose any efforts to return to the same policies that started this economic crisis.
Although many local Democrats said that the speech had some good points, Western New York Republicans said these are the same points the President has been making all along with no action to back it up.
“We all want to see the economy turn around and more jobs not only around the country but right here in Western New York. But this sounds like the same rhetoric we heard for the last three or four years, new government agencies to create oversight and enforce policies that his agenda should have took care of in the first place,” Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy said.
Democratic U.S. Representative Kathy Hochul disagrees.
“I thought it was a very positive message and at the end he reminded Congress that we're all there with the same mission to serve the country and I do hope that his message will be heard loud and clear that we really need to stop the partisan fighting and work together to move this country forward,” Hochul said.
Hochul was in Washington, where she watched the speech with an invited guest, Colleen DiPirro from the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.
Viewing parties were held across Western New York, and many of those people who watched agree that the focus of the government should be putting people back to work. They believe that would solve a majority of the country’s problems.
At the end of his speech, the President made what could be said was a pitch for re-election. Although he was in front of Congress, his message seemed to be aimed at the voters he will need to secure another term in office.