Republican stalwart Dockery hails Obama
TAMPA — The idea of high-speed rail in Florida got the attention of C.C. "Doc" Dockery in 1982. That was when then-Gov. Bob Graham, after seeing Japan's high-speed rail system, put together a committee to explore a bullet train for the state.
"I was on the sidelines cheering then," said Dockery, now 76. On Thursday, the Republican and longtime rail advocate cheered President Barack Obama at the University of Tampa as he announced Florida would get $1.25 billion for a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa to Orlando.
"Thank God for this visionary president who got us here," said a beaming Dockery. "I'm absolutely ecstatic. It's a culmination of everything I've worked for for 28 years."