BOISE — President Barack Obama’s message of increased access to college for America’s youth hit home with Joshua Rebollozo.
The College of Idaho senior and vice chairman of the Canyon County Democratic Party said college affordability is an issue that he’s facing right now.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for young people to get what I’ve been given, which is an education,” Rebollozo said.
Obama’s Wednesday speech in Boise came one day after delivering his State of the Union address, and Canyon County Democrats in attendance here said it was an honor to host the president.
Obama reiterated points from his State of the Union address and spoke about his plans to support middle class economics and to provide more higher education opportunities for students, including free community college.
Rebollozo said there are a lot of people in Idaho who would directly benefit from Obama’s policies.
Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln of Caldwell said she hoped Idaho legislators listened to Obama’s points about equality. Gaona-Lincoln is vice chairwoman of the LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Idaho.
“With the Add the Words hearing coming up ... I’m hoping our Idaho legislators were listening to his remarks about ending discrimination against all hard working Americans, including gay and transgender people,” she said.
She said she also liked Obama’s comments on supporting the middle class.
“I get really excited about anything that will help build working class families,” she said.
Dalton Warr is a student at The College of Idaho and a member of the LGBTA Democratic Caucus. He said he was excited to come cheer for the president.
“Knowing he’s working hard to strengthen the support of college students, the working class and fairness for all individuals is something Idaho families can get behind,” he said.
Hearing Obama speak is an experience he will never forget, Warr said, and he left the speech with a refreshed sense of unity.
Obama joked in his speech that the only blue turf in Idaho is on Boise State University’s football field, but he also encouraged both sides of the aisle to work together. That resonated with Gaona-Lincoln.
“It would be great if more Idaho legislators were open to these democratic ideas,” she said.