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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...

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