Governor weighs in on State of Union


Published Feb 14, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Gov. John Kitzhaber said Wednesday it was “an interesting experience” to watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address from one of the best seats in the House.

Kitzhaber was one of about two dozen guests invited by White House officials to watch Tuesday night’s speech with first lady Michelle Obama.

“It was actually quite an interesting experience, sitting up in the gallery just to the left of the podium there, and being able to look down and see the entire United States House, the U.S. Senate mingling around down there,” Kitzhaber said. “It’s pretty remarkable.”

Kitzhaber didn’t speak with the president, but he said the Obama administration is interested in Oregon’s efforts to create a new model for delivering health care at a lower cost.