Fresh off of being the only member of the Alabama Congressional Delegation to put the health and welfare of children before politics and vote against the republican repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, Terri Sewell will escort President Obama into the House Chamber for tonight's state of the Union Address. How symbolic is it for the first African American Congresswoman elected from the Cradle of the Confederacy to escort the first African American President to the State of the Union Address?
For Immediate Release Contact: Allison Abney
January 24, 2011 (202) 225-2665
Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell Selected to Escort President Obama into House Chamber at State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON DC – Tomorrow, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-7) will escort President Barack Obama into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol prior to the Joint Session of Congress. Rep. Sewell was one of seven Democrats selected to serve on the Escort Committee. The committee is composed of House and Senate Democrats and Republicans.
“It is an honor to be chosen to escort the President,” said Rep. Sewell. “I look forward to hearing the President outline his agenda for moving America’s families and businesses forward. And I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to advance an agenda that works for and with America’s families and businesses.”
Rep. Sewell chose HB Brantley, a Birmingham small business owner, to represent the 7th Congressional District at the State of the Union address. Brantley owns a project management firm that designs, engineers, and manages construction projects. His company was hit hard by the lull in construction projects created by the recession.
“The construction industry was hit very hard by the recession,” said Brantley. “The problem is that people are still hesitant to invest in new building projects. I am excited to attend the State of the Union and to hear about what the President’s plans are to help businesses like mine in the coming year.”
President Obama will deliver the annual address to a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and 8 p.m. Central Standard Time on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol. The State of the Union gives the President an opportunity to report on the condition of our Nation, and to outline his legislative agenda and priorities to Congress and the American people.
I HOPE there is some substance to the symbolism and President Obama and Congresswoman Sewell working together will not let the Alabama citizens pay for the sins of the rest of the Alabama Congressional Critters.
So while the rest of the Obama/Pelosi hating Alabama Congressional Congress Critters are looking on from the sidelines, Democratic Representative Terri Sewell and CD7 resident HB Brantley will be front and center. That's what I call representing Alabama in a positive light.