President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night had a hometown ring to it for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, she said in a post-speech interview with the Palo Alto Weekly.
"If I were to close my eyes and just listen, it was a description of my congressional district," Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said.
"The president outlined how we move, how we shape our collective future. And he really gave us the ingredients for that.
"We know what innovation is because we innovate every day. We're known as the innovation capital of the country," she said.
"We value education and we know that it needs to be reshaped -- and that when the appropriate changes are made that no one can stop us in terms of competing.
"But we must have an educated society."
"I thought the president's remarks applied not only to the Congress but to the country and were spot on for where we are in America," she said, echoing numerous members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum who were reacting to and providing spin on Obama's speech.
But Eshoo took a middle ground: "I thought he was not only inspiring but he was also sensible. He spoke to people not as a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent but that we're all Americans and we all have a stake in this."
"But the thread that moves through all of it is, 'How do we prepare the people of our country to move forward so that we have a future that is going to benefit all Americans?'
"He also acknowledged that the government has to demonstrate itself to be competent, and that we have to unwind some of the old ways of doing things. He spoke of 15 agencies having jurisdiction on one issue. That simply doesn't make sense. And he said we have to have a healthy business climate, when he talks about the corporate tax.
"He also challenged the Congress to do some very tough things. He called for a five-year freeze on domestic spending, but he also said we don't need to re-litigate the good things that we have accomplished and if there are new ideas to improve upon, for example, the health care reform law, that he was open to it.
"I was very pleased when he said he wanted to get rid of the provision that the Senate had inserted in the bill on the 1099 forms that would be required of businesses.
"So in acknowledging that he was speaking to a healthy business climate, people who are going to know they have a market for their products.
"So I thought that all in all the speech was not only delivered well but the substance of it was all about the challenges and the steps that we need to take to meet them."