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State of Union address draws mixed reactions from Washington Co. residents

January 25, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Terry Eichelberger, of Hagerstown, said he did not watch the State of the Union Address because he does not support anything Obama has to say.
By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Writer

Hagerstown resident Marggie Eyombo said President Barrack Obama's call for unity in his State of the Union address Tuesday night stood out to her.

“The pride of America is that we are all in this together no matter where we come from,” she said. “We have to stay united instead of divided.”

Eyombo said Obama’s unity theme tied into his message of “fairness,” which he also discussed.

“I agree with him that everybody should pay their fair share of taxes,” she said. “It’s like when he was talking about the military; we should all have each other's back.”

Eyombo was among area residents who offered mixed reactions to the speech when asked Wednesday.

Sepp Jancsik, 66, of Hagerstown, said Obama’s argument for restructuring the tax system struck him.
“He hit it right on the nail with income inequality,” he said. “People are saying we should give corporations tax breaks, but they still won’t hire.”

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Terry Eichelberger, 72, of Hagerstown, said he did not watch the State of the Union Address because he does not support anything Obama has to say.

“I wouldn’t listen to the president; I don’t think he’s a good president,” he said. “I am a registered Democrat, and I wouldn’t vote for the man if he was the last person on Earth.”

Hagerstown resident Pat O'Brien said that although he liked Obama’s speech, he needs to see more action.

“I don’t want the president to stand up there and tell me what he wants to do; I want to know what we have accomplished,” he said. “It was still a well-delivered speech as always; he’s very good at that.”

But O'Brien said that he supports the president’s message.

“Most of what he said, you have to agree with,” he said. “It’s just a common-sense approach.”

Anthony Commer, 29, of Williamsport said he liked parts of what Obama said.

“I’m a veteran, and I like that he said he’s going to keep the spending with the veterans,” he said. “I’m split on what I liked and didn’t like.”

However, Commer noted that he did not like how Obama continued to make promises without enough action.

“He said a lot of stuff during his first election and didn’t really do it, and now he’s doing the same thing,” he said. “He wasn’t really speaking on the State of the Union yesterday; it was more like him campaigning.”

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