Columbia Mayor Praises Obama's Leadership
Steve Benjamin responds to Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
The State of the Union address receives more responses than it does standing ovations and Columbia's mayor followed the trend.
Mayor Steve Benjamin issued his response to President Obama's speech in a press release circulated by the White House Press Secretary.
"Too often our political debate is dominated by those who score cheap points by endorsing greed and demonizing public service," Benjamin said. "President Obama offers a way forward that creates jobs, rebuilds our infrastructure and restores our middle-class values of fairness and responsibility."
Divisiveness in government brought the country to the brink of collpase, Benjamin said, but Obama's leadership can be a force in turning it around.
"The President stood up for every hard working American family fighting for a chance to live the American Dream," Benjamin said.
"He reminded us that ours is not a country of trickle down profits and dividend payments, but a nation of, by and for the people where everyone does their fair share, everyone plays by the same rules and everyone has an opportunity to get ahead if they try."
Read the full transcript of the State of the Union address here.