Local business leaders attend State of the Union

By Heather Meade hmeade@civitasmedia.com

February 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wayne and Sharon Deschambeau attended Tuesday’s State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama as guests of Speaker of the House John Boehner (R- OH 8th District).

“In addition to running businesses located in my district, most of these men and women have one important thing in common: the president’s health care law is making it harder for them to hire,” Congressman Boehner said. “They represent the countless number of small business owners in this country who are struggling, and having run a small business, I know where they are coming from. Their presence at the State of the Union is one way to help ensure their stories are told.”

According to Wayne Deschambeau, CEO and president of Wayne HealthCare, Speaker Boehner has a box reserved, and out of 40 seats, he chose five business leaders and job creators from Ohio’s District 8, which he represents, to attend the address by the President.

The Deschambeaus embarked on their journey a few days before the event, wanting to “immerse” themselves in the culture and history of Washington, D.C., Sharon said.

“We decided to go early, and flew out early Saturday morning. We wanted to visit the capital and take the tours of the Supreme Court and Library of Congress - we wanted to immerse ourselves in Washington, D.C., and we did that,” Sharon said. “My strong recommendation to every adult in this country that looks at the political process, is that they need to see our capital, and understand how the process began, and what it is today.”

When the time came to enter the chambers, the Deschambeaus weren’t sure what to expect, but found that while they had to be seated by 8 p.m., the event didn’t start until 9, and the president didn’t enter until 9:10 p.m., they said.

“[There is] that whole pomp and circumstance related to the event,” Wayne noted. “…I think the police maybe outnumbered the guests in the chamber. The security is just absolutely incredible.”

While there, the Deschambeaus said it was interesting to observe some of the political figureheads they’ve seen on television, such as Nancy Pelosi and other “progressive” Democrats, Wayne said. The couple also got to meet and talk with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey and his wife Deanie.

“We thanked them, both of them, for their service to our country,” Sharon said. “They’ve moved 22 times - and to see how much they care about our troops, that was an honor to have those conversations, because the decisions they make impact so many families.”

Overall, the Deschambeaus said it was good to be reminded of why the U.S. government operates the way it was set up to operate, with Sharon stating that “it was just good to be reminded of that process, and the way that it should work, with communication and compromise, and with all parties involved.”

“He [the president] was obviously preaching what his story is…Obviously things were said for political purposes that weren’t necessarily accurate,” Wayne stated. “However, it was a great honor to be one of the 500 or so out of millions able to attend,” he continued. “That’s what America is all about.”