College student Josh Schmidt dismissed all the talk of newfound civility.
He gathered with about a dozen other students in a meeting room at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., to eat pizza and take in the president’s speech. The 19-year-old said this so-called new spirit of compromise, if it really exists, wouldn’t last long.
“We’re not talking about the real critical issue. Talk and debate is good, but we’re not looking at things like gun control,” he said, referring to the Tucson shootings.