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.