PURCHASE, N.Y. - Staying attuned to politics has rarely been an issue for students at Purchase College. With President Barack Obama's State of the Union address scheduled for Tuesday night, several residents of the college said they are all ears.
"I'll have it on tonight," senior Daniel Nation said. "There's been a lot of negativity surrounding the president these days and I'm curious how he's going to handle it."
Nation, a journalism student, said that staying politically involved was an essential part of his academic and personal goals. His interest in the president's 2012 address scheduled for 9 p.m. spread to some of his friends as well, and he said that's what he'd prefer.
"I'm not saying I'm a political junkie, or that I'm completely obsessed with Obama. But it's still important to listen to what he has to say," Nation said. "I'll be having some friends over. We'll probably chat about it afterwards."
Nation said he hopes the president addresses the countrys issues without relying too much on campaign rhetoric. With 2012 being Obama's next election year, the chances of election-influenced messages were likely, Nation added.
With Purchase being a liberal arts college, much of the campus came out in full support of Obama during his 2008 campaign for the White House. But not all students were in his corner.
Purchase senior Bob Raymonda said he wasn't planning on being tuned in for the president's address Tuesday night, citing a lack of interest.
"It all sounds the same to me," Raymonda said. "The only way I'll watch it is if I've got nothing better to do. Maybe I'll read the recap later."
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