State of the Union Reactions From Public Media Stations Around U.S.

BY Lauren Knapp  January 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM EDT

Reactions continue to roll in regarding President Obama’s latest State of the Union address (check out the NewsHour’s complete coverage, if you haven’t already), plus the pair of responses from the GOP.

Here is a roundup of reaction stories from our public media partners around the country:

  • [Listen](http://wamu.org/news/11/01/26.php#40372) to a speechwriter for former Vice President Al Gore and a former Maryland congresswoman analyze the State of the Union and Republican response. [[WAMU](http://wamu.org/)]

  • Students at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government [graded](http://www.wgbh.org/articles/Harvard-Government-Students-Grade-SOTU-Address-1716) the State of the Union on content and tone. [[WBUR](http://www.wbur.org/)]

  • Bipartisanship was on display on Tuesday as many members of Congress chose to sit next to a member of the opposing party. The president acknowledged the new seating arrangement saying, “What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.” As New Hampshire Public Radio [reports](http://www.nhpr.org/nhs-us-senators-want-work-other-party?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20NHPRNews%20(New%20Hampshire%20Public%20Radio%20News), the two senators from the Granite State are ready to see bipartisanship realized.
    [[NHPR](http://www.nhpr.org/)]

– Lawmakers from Texas, however, found [less common ground](http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kera/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1754274). Republican Rep. Jim Hensarling of Dallas stated concern over the president’s call for eliminating tax subsidies to oil companies, while Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson believed investment in new technologies and education could benefit the Texan economy. [[KERA](http://www.kera.org/)]

  • In New York City, [WNYC reports](http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2011/jan/26/new-york-reacts-obamas-speech-disappointed-missed-chance/) that Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a statement criticizing the president for not mentioning gun control. Bloomberg has made significant efforts to raise awareness of the issue hosting an event earlier this month with 34 people who had lost family members to gun violence and submitting an [open letter](http://www.scribd.com/doc/47579270/printad-1) to the president and Congress on Tuesday. [[WNYC](http://www.wnyc.org/)]

  • Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a [Tea Party response](http://www.youtube.com/pbsnewshour#p/u/6/1fRxO_Yx99I) to the State of the Union, which streamed live on the [Tea Party Express website](http://www.teapartyexpress.org/). Minnesota Public Radio [filed a report](http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/26/bachmann-paulsen-differ-in-path-to-power/) comparing the divergent styles of Bachmann and another energetic and ambitious Republican representative from Minnesota: Eric Paulsen. You can also [read reaction](http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/25/minn-delegation-state-of-the-union-response/) to the three addresses from other members of Minnesota’s delegation. [[MPR](http://minnesota.publicradio.org/)]

  • [Listen](http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/[field_program_ref-title-raw]/our-sputnik-moment-reactions-president-obamas-state-u) to two economic policy experts discuss the feasibility of implementing some of the programs President Obama suggested in his address. [Chicago Public Radio]](http://www.wbez.org/)]

  • Read a [blog post](http://innovationtrail.org/post/innovation-state-union-centerpiece) on the president’s promises for innovation on the Innovation Trail blog, a joint venture between five New York public media outlets. [[Innovation Trail](http://innovationtrail.org/)]

  • A group of Latino activists and students [met to watch](http://multiamerican.scpr.org/2011/01/seeking-hope-on-immigration-at-a-sotu-viewing-party/) the speech with Spanish translation at an office of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. The group left largely disappointed, feeling that while the president addressed immigration issues including the defeated [DREAM Act](http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/12/newshour-connect-whats-behind-the-dream-act.html), he only touched on them. [[SCPR](http://www.scpr.org/)]

  • Other topics that left [some people wanting more](http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/01/state-of-the-union-on-foreign-policy-global-health-and-development-nearly-nada/) were foreign policy and international health and development. A writer for Seattle’s [Humanosphere blog](http://humanosphere.kplu.org/) writes, “this is disappointing, given all the previous statements this administration has made about how important efforts are in these arenas to improving our standing (and national security) in the world.” [[KPLU](http://www.kplu.org/)]

We’ll have more reactions to the State of the Union address and the GOP responses on Wednesday’s NewsHour. We hope you’ll join us.