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Columbus residents eager to hear President Obama's State of the Union Address

By Katherine Kington -  bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Just hours away from President Obama's State of the Union address to the nation.

Many are expecting to hear about the job outlook, but what do people in the Chattahoochee Valley want to hear from the President?

Jonathan Philpot is a student at Columbus Tech, who's trying to enter the working world, a world that he says, doesn't have a lot of doors right now. He says, "I'm afraid cause like I said it's a one in a million shot to find a job now a days and to have more jobs provides more opportunities and work."

People from all walks of life agreed, they want to hear President Obama focus on jobs: How to create more jobs, and stable ones...even for people often turned down. Marilyn Johnson, says, "for people that have been incarcerated for years ago, it's 2011 and you still can't get a job."

An emotional Marilyn Johnson admits to making a mistake decades ago. She says that criminal past keeps her from getting a decent job so she hopes to hear President Obama address some sort of compromise.

"They have transition employment agencies or what not but there's still no help. You still get doors closed in your face and you got responsibilities like everybody else."

Some say they hope President Obama addresses jobs and how to create more in smaller cities, like Columbus and Phenix City. Columbus resident, Phillip Foster, says, "He needs to look around every other city and state and figure out the hard times and problems and that."

But Jonathan Philpot says you have to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, "It's hard cause we just got through putting a few applications in ourselves and it's getting rough but hopefully you know he'll provide more than what he's doing now.

President Obama's State of the Union address will be at 9 PM, Tuesday night.

News Leader 9 will live stream the president's address.

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