On January 24, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro was invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama to view the President’s State of the Union from the First Lady’s box. Mayor Castro shared his experience and his thoughts on the President’s Blueprint for an America Built to last in the San Antonio Express News:
I have been asked in recent days why I was chosen to be a guest of the first lady at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. I'm convinced it was because San Antonio exemplifies the vision that Obama laid out for America — a globally competitive business climate with a workforce that is trained and educated to be a leader in the 21st century global economy.
For San Antonio and for our nation, the approach is paying off.
I felt a particular sense of pride listening to the president last week because economic prosperity for every person in this country is the American dream, not just a Democratic or Republican talking point. And San Antonio is already focused on two of the president's major themes — expanding access to higher education and taking a leadership role in the new energy economy.
The president's efforts to reduce student loan interest rates, slow college tuition hikes and double the number of work-study opportunities for hard-working students are in line with what we're trying to accomplish locally. For instance, we created Café College to fill the gap created by a student-to-counselor ratio in Texas of more than 400 to 1.
Every San Antonian should be proud that our city's success story is gaining traction in our nation's capital and beyond.