Washington, Pa. (KDKA) – JoJo Burgess, Washington County steelmaker, said witnessing President Joe Biden’s first First State of the Union speech firsthand was an experience of a lifetime.
Burgess is a 20-year member of the United Steelworkers and works at the Clairton Coke Works plant to train new employees. He said he could relate to a lot of the issues raised in the State of the Union president’s speech and said it was an honor to be a part of it all.
Not many people can say they received a personal thank you from an American president.
Amy Wadas of KDKA: “He called you out in the middle of his speech. Did you expect that? ”
Burgess: “No, not at all but it was shocking.”
Leave it alone, join First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff in the watch box during the State of the Union speech, or receive a birthday cupcake upon arrival at the White House first. speech. However, Burgess can. He said it was an experience and speech he will never forget.
Burgess said a lot of the topics the president brought up affected him heavily.
“The infrastructure is very personal to me, as a long-time steel and manufacturing worker, knowing that this president is investing in American workers is great for me,” says Burgess.
Following the president’s comments on the pandemic, Burgess said he believes the US is on the right track.
“If we continue to take precautions to protect ourselves and our neighbours, we can understand this,” says Burgess.
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On the topic of Russian aggression in Ukraine, he said that he feels what is happening abroad.
“The Ukrainian people are fighting hard for what’s theirs,” Burgess said.
Burgess even had a chance to meet Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova.
“She was very pleased with all the support she had with the people who were there with her,” he said.
As for Biden’s comments on rising inflation and gas prices, Burgess believes the economy can recover fairly quickly if the wealthy share in their profits.
“If they pay their fair share as he says and level the playing field for everyone, I think it will skyrocket,” he said.
Burgess said he returned to Washington County as a proud man, and proud of himself, saying he would not be where he is today without the support of family, friends and co-workers. Karma.
Burgess introduced the president when he visited Factory 19 in Hazelwood in January, ironically on the day of the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge, to talk about infrastructure and the manufacturing industry.
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