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Connecticut Leaders React to Obama Speech

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal note Obama's Newtown reference in the president's second inaugural address.

Connecticut's top leaders were in Washington D.C. on Monday for President Obama's second inauguration and commented on the Newtown reference in the president's speech.

"I was struck particularly with the reference to Newtown as a symbol of how America needs to do better,” Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal told the blog Capitol Watch.

The reference came toward the end of his speech as Obama laid out his broad vision for America in the next four years.

"Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm," Obama said.

Gov. Dannel Malloy was in the nation's capitol for the inauguration and told Capitol Watch he was also struck by the impact the shootings in Newtown have had on the country and on policy makers.

“It is amazing how different Newtown is and how profoundly Newtown has impacted the country,” Malloy said.

LiveForFreedom January 22, 2013 at 07:10 PM
I listened to President Obama speak. The president is a good orator and usually does not disappoint. Although I disagree with him on most issues with large government, higher taxes, deficit spending and the bad economy. he did provide an outline of his second term plan. I agree with his policy of equality as he articulated "It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began, for our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well. We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work, when the wages of honest labor will liberate families from the brink of hardship." I applaud his goals in education as he states "We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries. We must claim its promise. That's how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure, our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow capped peaks." But I doubt he will be able to bring both parties together to get these accomplished.

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