Marylanders have varying expectations for State of the Union address

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BOONSBORO, Md. (DC News Now) — Marylanders are in anticipation outside the beltway about what President Joe Biden will have to say to the American people in his State of the Union address Thursday night.

In southeastern Washington County, bookshop manager Anita Colliere is placing pocketbook issues at the top of her concerns about the White House and Capitol Hill.

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“Our small town out here in Boonsboro, with the prices going so high,” Colliere said. “The cost of living has skyrocketed.”

But shopkeeper Suzanne Thackston doesn’t blame President Biden for that. As far as she is concerned, the president is not getting the credit he deserves because his heart is in the right place.

“I think he’s done a lot of really good things and is trying really hard,” Thackston said.

But Colliere says she was more hopeful about things in Washington when Biden took office. She hopes he can turn things around in his speech.

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“I think a lot of people who voted for Joe Biden expected more,” Colliere said.

Customer Derek Ellis, who lives closer to the beltway, was browsing in Colliere’s bookshop Thursday. He thinks politics is a disarray.

“My honest opinion? Politics is a mess,” he told DC News Now.

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