: News

Filed Under:

Local Eatery Attracts Viewers For Obama Speech

Play associated audio

Members of Congress weren't the only ones watching the President's health care speech last night. T.V. screens across the country were also tuned in, including the screens at local eatery Bus Boys and Poets.

Any doubts that the crowd at Bus Boys and Poets was Obama- friendly probably would have been erased after the ovation that erupted when the President first appeared on the T.V. screens across the restaurant.

All of the speeche's applause lines also got the desired reaction here.

And after the speech was over, many people, like 70-year-old Tom Long, were gushing praise.

"I expected it to be a dynamic speech, and it was. It was a great speech," Long said.

22-year-old Leslie Viano was one of the few people in the room who voted against Obama. Viano said though she's not a huge Obama fan, she'd love to see some changes to the health care system.

But she thinks Obama's speech may have come too late to be of use in the debate.

"This is what you were looking for earlier," she said. "I don't know how much good it will do now."

Viano watched the speech with her friend Ryan Harper, an ardent Obama supporter. She said it wasn't a problem watching the speech with someone who doesn't share her political beliefs.

"No, not at all," she said. "We're open to different ideas, that's what's important."

Its a philosophy Viano and Harper hope Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill can embrace sometime soon.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

NPR

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
NPR

Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
WAMU 88.5

Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

WAMU 88.5

Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.