WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

At Busboys & Poets, Praise For Obama During SOTU

Play associated audio
 
Some D.C. residents gathered at Busboys & Poets in the U Street neighborhood to watch President Obama's State of the Union address last night.
Armando Trull
  Some D.C. residents gathered at Busboys & Poets in the U Street neighborhood to watch President Obama's State of the Union address last night.

The President's third state of the union speech may have been seen by as many as 40 million people, and in the District some of them chose to watch at Busboys & Poets on 14th St. NW, a restaurant known for its liberal politics.

At the restaurant's open mike slam, urban poets delivered their own state of the union, while on the other side of the restaurant, a standing room only crowd listened to President Obama's version. Most of them likely what they heard.

"He was forceful, he was confident, he was passionate," said Joan Phillips after the speech.

"I was really glad he talked about global warming and the environment," said Sarah Katz. "I was also glad he talked about tax reform and inequality of wealth." 

Another watcher, James Phillips, said: "I liked mostly what the president had to say about the importance of education in America." Added Ufouma Uto: "I think he recognizes that there are challenges, and that he and Congress have a lot to do." 

In 2008, young voters flocked to the polls in high numbers and they supported Barack Obama overwhelmingly. It remains to be seen what they will do this year. But the stakes are high for a generation coming of age at a time when the land of opportunity is beset by record unemployment, a budget deficit and a weak economy.

NPR

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
NPR

Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
WAMU 88.5

Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

NPR

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

Leave a Comment

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