PRESIDENT’S SPEECH: Drake Students React

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A bipartisan group of Drake students watched the State of the Union address together.

Three campus groups - Drake Democrats, the College Republicans, and the Young Libertarians came together on campus to take in the President’s speech.  Many of them will discuss the speech in their political science classes, Wednesday.

As for their thoughts on the speech, some liberals were left wanting more, while others liked what they heard.

“We think, at Drake, it’s better to have people come together even to argue because we might convince someone of your way,” student, Raymond Starks explained. “What I really like about the speech was that Obama started to have a message that was coherently more pro-business, more lower taxes for small business and better for employees.”

“What I really did not care for was that we were promised a lot more attention on immigration reform and I don’t feel like he touched on that quite as much we had anticipated,” Bri Steirer said.

Cohorts of Drake students have been watching the State of the Union speech together in Meredith Hall for decades.


  • Kate

    I am thoroughly disappointed in this representation of the Drake Democrats. The group had many positive things to say about the State of the Union Address which seemed to be tactically edited out to send a certain message..

  • oliviaohea2013

    Overall, a disappointing story. As someone who attended the event and watched both student interviews I feel the Drake Democrat opinion has been misrepresented. The interview began with the question “What didn’t you like about the speech” and then followed with the logical next questions “What did you like about the speech?” However, this story only showcases a small fraction of the interview- creating a misleading perception of Bri, and Drake Democrats organization as a whole. As a journalism student I understand the importance of concise and factual news stories; however, I also understand the importance of letting a story speak for itself. This video segment seems edited to send a specific message that in no way reflected the content of the interview with the Drake Democrat representative. Many other quotes could have been used from the interview to express the opinions of the organization on the State of the Union.
    Beyond the ethical issues of this editing (which definitely harmed the integrity of the story), the overall nature of the interviews and the final product (the video segment) were very unprofessional. The interviewer was condescending, asking young, engaged students if we felt this was beneficial since “it’s not really how it works in the real world.” Many students in that room, including myself, have held or currently hold professional positions in a variety of fields including journalism, politics, economics, sociology and law- yet the topics addressed by the interviewer were if we “liked” the speech, followed by assumptions about our ignorance towards ‘real-world’ politics.
    Knowing this story is the product of a Drake graduate is disheartening to say the least- I hope Channel 13 considers revising the story towards a more accurate reflection of the event.

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