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State of the Union Address important to area residents for different reasons

February 12, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Daryl Simmons of Hagerstown said that although he planned to flip back and forth between watching sports and President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, the address is important for the country.

“It’s important for us to see him communicate to Congress in front of the public,” Simmons, 35, said.

Ralph Summers, of Altoona, Pa., said that he does not think the address is important, though, because of who is delivering it.

“It is good under the right circumstances, but it only matters if the president has been honest with the American people,” Summers, 72, said. “I don’t think Obama has anything to say because he’s basically lied to the American people since he started running the first time.”

The president is required in Article II Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution to address Congress on the state of the union “from time to time” and “recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

Chris Sulek, 40, of Hedgesville, W.Va., said that the address is “our future, it’s what we are going to be coming into ... A lot of people underestimate the speech, but they don’t understand what it means.”

“I’m a believer in Obama, and if he’s got something to say I’m going to listen to it,” said Bonnie Enright, 68, of Falling Waters, W.Va. “I didn’t like George Bush and wouldn’t have been interested if he was speaking.”

Enright’s husband, Paul, 72, said he is always interested in watching the address because “it brings us up to date on what the president’s plans are.”

Consuela King, 34, of Hagerstown, said that it is important for the president to deliver the address publicly.

“We need to know what’s going on in Congress, what the president’s plans are, and where the country is at,” she said.

Nathan Payton of Martinsburg, W.Va., said he always plans on watching the State of the Union address to see what the president’s upcoming agenda will be.

“It’s important to see where the president actually thinks we are and to see if we can actually get anything done with the Congress that we have,” Payton, 25, said. “Unless he uses executive action or executive order I don’t think he’s going to get very much done because of the Republicans in the house.”

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