Opinions were as hot as the coffee at Uno’s Chicago Grill in Hanover, where a handful of Massachusetts residents sat watching President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Wednesday night.
Opinions were as hot as the coffee at Uno’s Chicago Grill in Hanover, where a handful of patrons watched President Obama’s State of the Union Address Wednesday night.
“Is he kidding me?” Jason Bradley, a financial director who works in Hanover, yelled at the television. “Is he serious? I heard about this in the campaign a year ago. ... Nothing has changed.”
Pamela Creighton, a graduate student who lives in Dorchester, disagreed.
“When I voted for him, I knew it was going to take a while,” Creighton said. “I’m looking at his policies. I’m seeing what he’s doing with the banks, I’m seeing what he’s doing with jobs and health care. And hopefully that will ... set the ground for later.”
Obama began his speech talking about job loss and the difficulties of average Americans.
“For these Americans and others, change has not come fast enough,” the president said.
“Yes we can! No we can’t,” one onlooker jeered.
But Creighton defended the president.
“I have friends on unemployment who are surviving because of it,” she said.
Her dining partner, Dave Bott of Middleboro, agreed.
“I’m about to go on it,” he said.
In addition to health care and jobs, Obama brought up clean energy.
“I’m not concerned about clean energy,” said Bradley, gesturing at the TV. “I’m concerned about what you’re going to do to fix our economy, to put jobs in this country, to stop outsourcing, and to make the United States of America competitive again on the global front.”
Mary Ellen Cole of Pembroke didn’t give Obama a chance. She finished her dessert quickly so she could vacate the restaurant before he started talking.
“You couldn’t pay me to watch the speech,” said Cole. “I’m a Republican. ... I won’t support anything that he says and I don’t believe anything that he says.”
Patriot Ledger writer Amy Littlefield may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.