In their traditional response to the president's State of the Union address, lawmakers from around the State of Louisiana posted their responses immediately after the speech ended. And, as can be expected, it was a mixed set of reviews, ranging from sharp criticisms from lawmakers on the right to celebratory rhetoric from the president`s supporters on the left.
From Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., R-South Louisiana:
I welcomed tonight's opportunity to hear the President's comments on how his sixth year in office would be any different than the previous five. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed as the President discussed how he would continue to circumvent Congress in order to push his liberal agenda. As a member of the People's House, I find this completely unacceptable. I am determined to protect the will of the people I represent in South Louisiana. Power grabs by this Administration will not be tolerated.And in a unique showing of unity amongst Louisiana's bi-partisan delegation, Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA, echoed similar sentiments:
Tonight, the President spoke about hard work, greater opportunity and growing and expanding the middle class. One of the quickest ways we can create jobs is by increasing our domestic energy production and taking smart steps toward energy independence. The Keystone Pipeline, and projects like this, will significantly improve the infrastructure that is necessary to support this increased production. Nearly three years ago, I urged this Administration to act swiftly to begin construction of this pipeline. I'm disappointed, as are many of my colleagues, that the Administration still has not acted despite the overwhelming economic and environmental evidence that favors immediate construction.And to all my readers, did you catch the #sotu? What was your reaction?
Joey Lehrman is a retired teacher with over 40 years of experience in the New Orleans public school system. Since retiring, he has transitioned to sharing his experience and perspective and all things New Orleans through a variety of blogs, news-sites, and social networks.