In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama told the story of a 102-year-old North Miami, Florida woman who was told she would have to stand in line for six hours to vote, and stayed in line to vote anyhow.
"We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. And hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line to support her -- because Desiline is 102 years old."
He added, "And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read, 'I voted.'"
More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12. Meanwhile, hiring increased in 34 states and fell in 16.