New Jerseyans on President Obama

Thoughts on President Obama, his inauguration speech, and his second term:

  •  Tyrone Powell, a 65-year-old Paterson accountant: “Obama needs to be true to his convictions.  I feel the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King got from God to help the poor – he enacted part one and passed it down to Barack.”

  •  U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-CD 6): There will be a measure of inspiration in the president’s speech Monday, but the focus for New Jersey and for the country will be on creating jobs and continuing to nourish economic recovery.”

  •  Rutgers History Professor Clement Price: “The speech and the second term should be about overcoming Washington gridlock. He has not shown the kind of political skill that we saw with Bill Clinton and much earlier with Lyndon Johnson. His second term should not be driven by excitement. It should be driven by a work ethic.”

  •  Camden Mayor Dana Redd: “My number one issue is public safety.”

  • U. S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-CD 7): “It is a celebration of our democracy.”

  •  Newark Mayor Cory Booker: “We live in a tough environment right now. Obama has already shown his ability to forge his way forward. This time it’s just about continuing the work.”
  •  Nick Ragone, author: “Our broken politics, for starters, is in desperate need of healing, while long-term entitlement obligations threaten our future like the sword of Damocles. A road map to fixing either would be a great place to start.

  •  Patricia Johnson, a West Orange healthcare worker: “Getting people back to work.”

  •  Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37): “We watch Barack Obama assume his second term, and we remember the horrors that guns in the wrong hands have caused taking the lives of President John F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.”

    Open thread:  Add your thoughts.

  • Comments (2)

    1. Bill Orr (Post author)

      The immediate issues include financial negotiations with Congress. Important for him is to complete implementation of Obamacare and strengthen our economy. He has a short window in which to enact important new legislation. I hope it includes immigration, gun safety, and energy measures.  

    2. Bertin Lefkovic

      I will be pleasantly surprised by anything of consequence that comes out of this government going forward.  Looking forward to the next four years going by as quickly as possible so that we can hopefully elect a more progressive President and a more progressive House and Senate in the future.

      Quoting the PCCC’s Adam Green’s status update:

      My main thought on today’s inauguration speech. Some great lines. Including Stonewall, climate change, and other shout outs. But no overarching case was made. There was one mention of “collective action” and one additional line saying, “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time.” But it didn’t make the case to millions of non-political people about why our problems will be solved if they get more involved in our democracy. It was lines, not a case. Lost opportunity.


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