Local Reaction to President Obama's Speech

By KBJR News 1

September 9, 2011 Updated Sep 9, 2011 at 6:40 PM CDT

President Obama's speech to the country last night was a call to action.

His proposal to pass a 447 Billion dollar mix of tax cuts and spending measures saw mixed reactions from Congress and from Twin–Port Residents.

According to Gallup polling, 49 percent of America's disapprove of the job that President Obama is doing and that might reflect the lack of motivation that seems to have blocked many Twin–Ports residents from watching the speech.

The Northlands NewsCenter chatted with a lot of people and the majority said they didn't tune in.

The few that did showed skepticism regarding the president's history on making promises and not being able to deliver.

Among those who supported the president's plan many expressed concern that with the inability for the parties to compromise, they fear nothing will get done.

"Were not focused on one thing right now and it should be the economy and my huge problem is that we are spending way to much. It almost feels like free money that's been going on, 300 billion there " said UMD Senior Sean Finn.

There was some positive reaction from UWS Junior Paul Ringstrom.

"Obama made a great speech, I watched the whole thing. I know he's trying for cooperation and that's the right thing right now"

Now when it comes to compromise, the president's bill at this time has 253 billion dollars in tax cuts and 194 Billion dollars in new spending.

Many Twin-Port residents said they appreciated a plan that promised a mix of tax cuts and spending increases.

Written for the web by: Zach Vavricka