But at least one Democrat had criticism for Obama. Rep. Jim Moran (Va.) said he liked the speech but questioned Obamaís pledge to cut spending, yet spend more on key areas.
ďThere are some inconsistencies,Ē he said. ďYou canít freeze domestic discretionary spending for five years and still have the money you need for research and development, particularly in health research at [the National Institutes of Health]. Education reform, transportation infrastructure ó all of those things are within discretionary spending, so if youíre going to freeze it, youíre not going to accomplish those objectives. And itís only one part of the budget. I donít think you ought to freeze it, I think you ought to spend it.Ē
Kathleen Hunter and Jessica Estepa contributed to this report.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.