Minnesota reaction

  • Updated: February 25, 2009 - 5:33 AM


"The president's challenge was to give a straightforward and honest assessment of the economy. But the bigger challenge was to show people how we're going to get out of this crisis. I believe he achieved that ... he was willing to talk about accountability and fiscal responsibility." Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Democrat

"President Obama has spoken at length about his desire to be fiscally responsible. ... However, so far Washington has failed to deliver on its promises to provide fiscally responsible solutions to our nation's economic crisis. Usually they say talk is cheap. But this time D.C. talk is costing taxpayers hundreds of billions, even trillions of dollars." Rep. Michele Bachmann, Republican

"I am encouraged by President Obama's overtures toward bipartisan cooperation, but actions must speak louder than words. Unfortunately, what we have seen so far this year from congressional leadership is ineffective legislation that favors the creation of new government programs over jobs." Rep. John Kline, Republican

"He's not had much of an upbeat tone in his conversation with the public and the Congress about the future of our economy. Tonight, he offered that optimism. This is what Franklin Roosevelt did with such great success in the depths of the Depression." Rep. Jim Oberstar, Democrat

"I think he gave us our orders to buckle down and get to work. We're a country that reaches for the stars, and we haven't been doing that lately. So it's good to have someone ask us to reach for our better angels." Rep. Betty McCollum, Democrat

"I think he struck a good tone. The president deserves a lot of credit for wanting to tackle issues that are confronting our country, like health care, dependence on foreign oil, and reforming the education system. [But] the devil is in the details." Rep. Erik Paulsen, Republican

"It was a great speech. ... He had the good sense to mention Minneapolis, which is an integral part of any great speech. ... I thought it was inspirational, mostly because it called on Americans to be part of the solution." Rep. Keith Ellison, Democrat

"He hit on everything that we wanted to hear and that the people of southern Minnesota wanted to hear. Moving forward, the optimism that came out of his speech was really something... We've got work to do, it's very clear. But we have a very clear path a head of us." Rep. Tim Walz, Democrat

"His line about 'It's not helping the banks, it's helping people' really resonated in that room, and my guess is it resonated across the country." Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, who attended as Ellison's guest


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