Wednesday, January 24, 2007

McNerney On The State Of The Union

ANG: Bay Area delegates give Bush's State of Union an 'F'

"The Bay Area's House delegation — for the first time in years, an unbroken string of Democrats — reacted to President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday night with disapproval, if not disdain.


Freshman Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, said he was awed by the spectacle at his first State of the Union, but not thrilled by the speech itself. "I didn't see very much to be excited about — he was relying basically on the same old arguments he has used before for the war ... I didn't see anything that was positive, that shows he has been listening to the American public."

Nor did McNerney hear anything substantial on energy or global warming, his own key issues. "He's not willing to make the real effort it's going to take to make it happen. ... What he's saying really relies on scientific breakthroughs that haven't happened yet."" (source)

"I am optimistic about the lofty, cooperative goals the president laid out," McNerney said. "Yet, at the same time, I know that the best predictor of the future is the past - and that gives me pause. In his last six State of the Union addresses, President Bush has addressed the need for a rational, comprehensive energy policy and the need to move towards greater energy independence. Yet America is now more dependent on foreign oil than when President Bush took office." (source)

"Freshman Rep. Jerry McNerney, a California Democrat, gave his extra ticket to his son, Michael McNerney, an officer in the Air Force Reserves." (source)


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