“Tonight, President Obama laid out his priorities to rebuild an economy that works for all Americans and lay the groundwork for 21st century American competitiveness. Most importantly, President Obama reminded us that the biggest challenge our nation faces isn’t between Democrats and Republicans. It is to continue to develop the 21st century jobs and economy that will create a new American century.
“Without a doubt, our nation's economy is stronger today than when President Obama took office. Our economy was shrinking then, now it's growing. American employers were cutting jobs, but more than one million private sector jobs were created last year. Even as we look to a brighter future, finding middle-ground solutions to the problems we face will require hard work and sacrifice from everyone - Democrats, Republicans and independents.
“When the President stood at the podium tonight, he did not look upon a chamber divided by Democrats and Republicans. Instead, Representative Cedric Richmond sat with the 6 Republicans who make up Louisiana's congressional delegation and Senator Mary Landrieu joined her Republican colleague from Maine. I am proud that Louisiana’s representatives in Congress provided such a powerful example of bipartisanship and I hope we see more of it.
“The challenges our nation faces are serious and the time for partisan politics, vitriolic rhetoric and other childish games is over. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and work together to continue our nation's steadfast march toward progress.
ROGER VILLERE, JR.
"Once again tonight the president offered lofty rhetoric and carefully crafted turns of phrase, but the American people have not and will not judge him by his oratory or his promises. Instead, they evaluate his years in office by his actions. Thus far those actions have increased government spending, increased government control, and have not created jobs. Much of what was said tonight has been said before, and promises of new spending disguised as 'investments' offer little hope that the president takes deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility seriously.
"I, and thousands of Louisianians, are disappointed tonight that the president's 6,826 word message, including 184 words dedicated to a 2,000 foot hole in Chile, excluded any mention of the millions of gallons of crude oil that spewed into the Gulf last summer from 5,000 feet below the surface. It is truly a shame that the president did not renew his commitment to the Gulf Coast with changes to a messy claims process and an end to the de-facto moratorium that has cost and continues to threaten the jobs of thousands of Louisianians. Louisiana families and small businesses heard nothing new to ease their fears that this administration cares nothing for the jobs that fuel our nation's economic engine."
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