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President's speech hits home in WNY

Posted at 6:28 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 18:28:54-05

President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night and many in Western New York were happy to see a "more presidential" attitude from the person occupying the oval office.

"I think he did excellent," Ed Belbas from North Tonawanda said.  "I mean he actually looked very presidential.  He was cool, calm and collected."

The speech was also a topic of conversation among employees and customers at Real Barbers in the Town of Tonawanda.  Mark Wnink is a barber at the shop and also a registered Democrat, but he likes what the president has done so far.

"[Politicians] tell you what you want to hear," he explained.  "Trump tells it how he thinks and how he wants to.  This is the way it is and this is how it's got to be done whether you like it or not. That's how he says it."

"It was nice to hear a president who didn't act, as he said, like a politician," customer Jack Kingston said.  "He doesn't owe the republicans anything.  He doesn't owe the democrats anything.  And I think he is really starting to represent the people."

One New Yorker who doesn't think President Trump's speech was a home run is Senator Charles Schumer.  Senator Schumer is the Senate Minority Leader and said the president's actions have only served to benefit the far right.

"The problem for this president is not his speeches," he said.  "Speeches have a shelf life, they go away.  The problem is his actions."

Some Western New Yorkers hope Senator Schumer and President Trump can work together going forward.

"I think we've got to give him a chance," Belbas said.  "He's got a lot of work ahead of him.  He's got to get both parties to work together.  But I think if he continues in this fashion he will be alright."