100 Days of Obama, Local Reaction

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Wednesday marks president barack Obama’s 100th day in office.
The President hit the road today to celebrate and hits the prime time airwaves tonight for a news conference to show off his accomplishments.

Denise Vrbas and Rainbow Byson have no problem sharing lunch together in downtown Grand Junction. But when it comes to how the Presidents first 100 days in office went their ideas are anything but similar.

Vrbas says, "He's done ok but as far as the job community it’s very poor." Her lunch companion disagrees. "As far as the first 100 days have gone, awesome. He's done a lot for the economy just like he said he would," says Byson.

County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca says county officials are mainly focused on local business not what's happening in Washington, but that the stimulus package passed in the first 100 days will affect local projects the most.

Acquafresca says, "They've been on the shelf but we have not had the funding, adequate funding for them. So with stimulus dollars we hope to move some of these projects forward."
Acquafresca says it may be too early to tell just how the stimulus will turn out. "The entire stimulus package will take a couple years to play out."

City Council Woman Teresa Coons says the President has already made strides in the right direction, strides that will make a difference here locally.

Coons says, "I'm very excited about the new administrations emphasis on science in our community."

Coons also agrees that the stimulus plan will affect us the most. "There're opportunities that wouldn't have been available to us without the stimulus package and the efforts that the administration has made to stimulate our economy."

But when it comes to grading the President; Acquafresca says, "If we are giving it a grade it will be a mid term grade of maybe a C." Coons gives the President a little better grade. "I'd give it a B+."

So while Byson and Vrbas agree to disagree. Vrbas says, "I think they should have went for Palin." Byson responds with, "Like Winston Churchill said, 'When you are going through hell keep going.'"

Its probably a good thing President Obama is not still in school.
Vrbas says, "Probably a D." Byson gives him, "A +++"


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