SF State students react to State of the Union speech
Bush's speech met with skepticism, concern.
February 1, 2006 9:24 AM
As President Bush delivered his State of the Union speech in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night, interested SF State students scrutinized it from televisions in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
The President’s speech comes at a time when his approval ratings are at an all-time low. For some students, his speech was too much to handle.
Laura Peschkie-Zingler, a 39-year-old graduate student majoring in special education, muttered profanities throughout the speech, while sporadically shaking her head and dropping her jaw at a few of the President’s comments.
Zingler later expressed concerns of Alito overturning Roe v. Wade, the law granting a woman the legal right to an abortion.
She was also forthcoming in her views about Bush.
“He’s a total pig and a liar,” Zingler said of President Bush. “He spies on people and the American people.”
Andrew Sullivan, 27, junior, who is double majoring in both history and urban sciences said he is a registered independent, but said his views during the speech leaned toward the left.
“He didn’t seem really prepared,” Sullivan said, believing that Bush touched upon issues that he felt pressured to cover.
“He tried to appease both parties,” Sullivan said, citing that about half of the U.S. Congress did not stand up and cheer for the President during the speech.
Sullivan said he was most surprised that Bush didn’t talk about Hurricane Katrina relief efforts more extensively.
“They aren’t doing anything,” he said. “We are just kind of skirting around the issues.”
Sullivan also disagreed with President Bush’s plan for tax cuts, saying they would not help the middle and lower classes.
“Tax cuts only really benefit the upper echelons of society,” he said.
But not everyone was displeased with the evening’s discussion.
“I was rather pleased with his speech,” said 47-year-old John Johnson, who is a junior majoring in French. “I appreciate that he reiterates and continues to put in the forefront 9/11.”
Johnson explained that the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center should always be kept in mind.
“Much of what America wants to be depends on its defense,” he said.
Johnson did disagree with some parts of the President’s message, however. One such issue revolved around the universal health plan, where Johnson questioned how the costs will be paid. “At whose expense?” he asked.
Other students commented about the President’s message about foreign oil, where he said, “America is addicted to oil which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. The best way to break this addiction is through technology.”
President Bush discussed the importance of education and making health care more affordable and available. He also declared the state of the union to be strong and claimed America to be successful in fighting the war in Iraq.
“He’s an untrustworthy … I can’t even listen anymore,” Zingler said over her shoulder as she dashed from the room.
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