Local reaction to president’s speech mixed

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

In the hours following President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress, local opinions ranged from optimism in the face of tough times to wondering how the president plans to keep all of his promises.

Portales resident Sandra Robinson shed tears during Obama’s hour-long address.

“I thought it was so uplifting and encouraging,” Robinson said following Obama’s speech. “The way he reacts to people and the compassion he has … I just love him.”

Robinson also thinks Obama adequately explained his $787 billion stimulus package.

“I thought he explained it real well,” Robinson said. “He’s really genuine.”

Rube Render, chairman of the Curry County Republican Party,