UC Davis Students React to State of the Union Address

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UC Davis College Democrats gathered at a State of the Union viewing party on Tuesday.

Students kept their eyes and ears open for topics that appealed to them, especially education.

While most of this topic was about early childhood education, specifically Pre-K standards, the president also spoke about college affordability.

“We have worked with lenders to reform student loans, and today, more people are earning college degrees than ever before,” President Obama said.

Student responded with much gratitude.

“College students are either working or having student loans, so I think it’s important,” said Andrew Nelson, UC Davis senior said. “Especially in California, because we have had tuition increase over and over.”

Others were also interested in improving women’s rights.

“Women are going into the workforce, and having to choose between workforce and family, and that kind of thing, I think that was important,” Caroline Shimeld, President of the Davis College Democrats said. “But I think he also put a positive spin on it when he talked about how the men of the family are affected by it is as well. Because it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s an everybody issue. It’s a family issue.”

Some critics said President Obama did not spend enough time talking about the NSA leaks or the rollout of “Obamacare.” Instead, the President was more optimistic about his future policies,.

“I am a Democrat who thought the Rollout was a massive disaster,” Eric Olsen, VP of the Davis College Democrats said. “But I do think there has been a collective effort to augment it in a way, the American people see fit.”

While the feel-good anecdotes were a nice way to end the speech, even student Democrats said they hope to see more specific promises being fulfilled.

“I would like to see more concrete examples of policy, not just examples of letters written to him from actual individuals,” Olsen said.

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