Readers React: Obama's Speech at Argonne National Lab

As might be expected, some readers agreed with the President, some didn't. Find out what they had to say, and enjoy an interesting bonus story as well!

During a visit to Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, President Barack Obama said federal budgets cuts would have harmful effects on scientific research and economic development in the United States. (Read the full story here.)

Obama visited Argonne, located just outside of Lemont, to tour its state-of-the-art research facilities and promote his proposed Energy Security Trust, which would set aside $2 billion over 10 years to research alternatives for oil and gasoline.

We reached out to Patch readers in DuPage County to see what they thought of the President's visit and the speech. Readers gave a mix of positive and negative feedback, and one in Lemont related a particularly interesting encounter with POTUS' security detail.

Here's a sampling of what readers shared with us:

Positive responses: 

“Good stuff! If they can make electric cars a little more affordable I know that I would buy one.” – Danny Gray, Downers Grove Patch Facebook

“I agree with the POTUS: Tax the super rich, and leave the valuable programs in place.” – Lynnie Ley, Darien Patch Facebook

“I think that science and research is so important. It's what made us America. Many people don't understand that.” – Kathy Raci, Elmhurst Patch Facebook

“In addition to having the second fastest computer in the world, research on alternative energies, batteries for cars and other uses, doing the research and providing the facilities to the private sector (that the private sector cannot afford to do but can take advantage of) only scratches the surface. If you know a cancer patient and wonder what is being done in research for a cure, some of that research is moving forward at Argonne. Recently, a retinal implant to help the blind see was announced (of particular interest to victims of retinitis pigmentosa) and Argonne was part of that.” – William Waldack, Lemont Patch article

“The Republicans lost my votes a few cycles ago. They are for nothing and against everything now. They want less government, but want to continue corporate welfare, providing subsidies to oil companies for example when they are making huge profits while gouging us at the pumps. Corporations are sitting on record profits, but are still cutting positions. There goes the argument that when private industry profits jobs are created.” – Cindy Davis Oleynik, Wheaton Patch Facebook.

Negative responses:

"Only politicians can equate a reduction of the increase in spending with such doom and gloom." - Nick Gornick, Elmhurst Patch Facebook

“The government should stay out of the energy sector and let Capitalism function. Solyndra is just one example of why. Especially with this POTUS who has no clue how economies function and no scientific training.” – Greg Woods, Glen Ellyn Patch Facebook

“Did he take questions from federal workers facing ridiculous furloughs due to his lack of leadership in dealing with budget reduction through a sane process instead the media circus of sequestration that his staff proposed?” – John Czerwiec, Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Patch Facebook

“He lies and none of his supporters will admit that. We don't have $2 billion dollars.” – Stephanie Webber, Lisle Patch Facebook

“Less government intervention unless they can prove that they can be effective managing the programs they currently muck up. I didn't fall for any of the political banter either.” – Jeremy Kester, Wheaton Patch Facebook

“Could've saved the money spent on an Air Force One flight and security detail... and invested the money in energy.” – Maribeth Uhlenhopp, Naperville Patch Facebook

"I think he is a complete idiot who doesn't know anything about energy." – Lori Galandak-Anthony, Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Patch Facebook

And a bonus story: 

Many people told us they saw helicopters flying overhead above Lemont and Darien, all day, but this story really caught our attention:

“My cousin and I went out to St. Patrick's Cemetery to visit our Grandfather Pollard Hanrahan on his anniversary and upon entering the cemetery we were greeted by 2 SWAT team members on 4X4's with machine guns! Needless to say the cemetery was closed.” – Nanette Paterson, Lemont Patch Facebook

What did you think of the visit and the speech? Tell us in the comments!

Doremus Jessup March 16, 2013 at 01:10 PM
"American motorists are paying nearly twice as much to use 10 percent less oil than we did five years ago so that Chinese motorists can use twice as much as they were. How do you like them apples? Well, get used to it, because we may have to wring another 3 million barrels a day out of US consumption by 2030, if the Chinese and Indians continue to outbid us for limited oil supplies." From this Christian Science Monitor Article http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0222/The-shale-phenomenon-fabulous-miracle-with-a-fatal-flaw Regardless if you agree with the president or not the cold hard reality of the price of gas is going to hit us hard in the future. We need to mitigate our exposure to the high price of oil which is a global product. Higher M.P.G's, hybrids, electric, and natural gas vehicles all have to be considered.
Mike Worrell March 16, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Too much opportunity for corruption when the government is handing out money for research and picking winners and losers, and the track record of this administration on that front is already demonstrably abysmal. If the government wants to help, they should provide after-the-fact incentives for private companies that actually manage to design and build something useful, such as awarding government contracts for electric car purchases to any company that manages to build one to advanced specifications.
Jim Court March 16, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Doremus, You are interesting. Like me, you seem to offend some. Perhaps I am just to thick-skinned to worry about those things. I know you made Alan mad the other day and I admit,like and respect him. I never know all of the details about people because I am not part of the inner circle or political establishment. Naively perhaps but I tend to try to look for the good in people and am thus more tolerant than maybe I should be. My ideas are essentially about improvements to the community. I seldom attack individuals, even if I disagree with them. Believe me though, I have no use for angry, selfish, and evil people.
Jim Court March 16, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I do agree with your above analysis.
retcop March 16, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Inre:Nanette's from Lemont Patch comment.Per Obama and the democrats why would anyone have a need for a machine gun or high capacity assault rifle? As long as he is surrouded by his people who carry them there is no need for him. If you can't give this same security to all the people let them protect themselves per the 2nd ammendment


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