Locals react to State of Union address

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 30, 2002

News Editor

"It is both our obligation and our privilege to fight freedom’s fight," said President George W. Bush during his State of the Union address to the nation on Tuesday night.

The President’s speech lasted about an hour as he spoke on everything from the war on terrorism to education reform and making social security funding more stable. He also paid tribute to his wife, Laura Bush, and what he called her "calming strength," during the nation’s time of crisis.

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After the speech ended around 9:10 last night, some Pike County residents expressed their thoughts about what the President had to say. Britt Thomas of Brundidge said, "The President made the comment that American corporations should be held to the highest standards of conduct. I feel we all should be held to the highest standards of conduct."

Janice Hawkins, wife of Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Troy State University Chancellor, said she was very proud of not only the President, but the entire body of Congress who joined together in this, a time when our country is at war.

"I am very inspired by his leadership," said Hawkins. "I am proud that he looks to God for his answers. That makes me feel secure."

Mrs. Hawkins also said she was pleased that the President pointed out his wife’s "calming strength" during his speech.

The President ended his speech by going back to the fight against terrorism. "The forces of terror cannot stop the momentum of freedom," he said. "We choose freedom and the dignity of every life."