Reactions: Obama's Inauguration

January 20, 2009 9:35:59 AM PST
Below are the comments submitted to Action News telling us why people feel compelled to be in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States.

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Barbara

City: Chester Springs

Comments: I don't have tickets for anything but still will go to DC because this is such a significant historical event for America and I want to be part of it.

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Joel Zeiger

City: Rydal, PA

Comments: I feel that I need to be there and join this history making event and photograph it as well for posterity. I'm looking forward, as the country is, to change and I believe that as President, Barack Obama is the one to bring it to us. We live in a great country at a particularly great time in our history. I want to feel like I truly am taking part in it, besides with my vote.

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Name: Lynette

City: Philadelphia

Comments: I never thought I would see an African-American become the President of the U.S.A. . not in my life time. History is truly being made. God will always show up and show out. It's about time America is forming the Values we have said we are build on. That is all men are created EQUAL.

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Ronneisha

City: Philadelphia

Comments: i feel as though this is history and I have to be there

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Angela

City: Philadelphia

Comments: I am a African American single parent and this is one of the proudest moments of my life.

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Paula

City: Philadelphia

Comments: Every so often there is an experience of a lifetime, one that can be shared with generations. The March on Washington and the I Have a Dream speech, the March on Washington to make Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday a holiday. This is one of those historical and memorable events. The positive energy that flows from these events is undescribable. I was there for one of those events and I want to be able to share this extraordinary experience future generations.

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Norma

City: Philadelphia

Comments: I was 12 years old when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his speech and I watched on television. I have been a witness to the struggle against racial discrimination. This is an historical event in our country's history and I want to have the privilege of saying I attended the inauguration of the first African American president in the United States.

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DEBORAH

City: DARBY PA.

Comments: IAM GOING BECAUSE IT IS A HISTORICAL OCCASION AND IAM BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO GO. MY DAUGHTER CHARELLE WILL BE ATTENDING THE JUNIOR PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL CONFERENCE AND IAM TAKING HER SO I WILL BE ATTENDING SOME FUNCTIONS MYSELF.

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Pedro

City: Philadelphia

Comments: I'm not going will be too crowded. The biggest work is here at home. This is a time when we all must rub elbows with each other. Only because, we are serious about coming together for one country, one nation with respect to everyone's Gods, views and opinions. Unless this happens, this wonderful historical change in our country is meaningful. Our President Barack H. Obama is not just a Blackman, but also a man who will fail. Yes we all can make it work ? if we want to. What a heck of a story to tell our children. May our Gods bless this great country, and every thing it stand for.

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Rob

City: Drexel Hill

Comments: My grandmother always told me I could be anything I wanted to be when I was growing up. Despite saying that, she also believed there were things we couldn't do or places we shouldn't go as Black people. She couldn't help it ... she grew up in the South when Jim Crow was strong. Electing a Black president is one of those things I think she just couldn't have imagined. She passed away about 4 years ago. I need to be in Washington to see with my eyes, for me and for her. Although I'm sure she's planning to watch from heaven.

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Asia

City: Reside: Philadelphia, PA (raised in S. Jersey!)

Comments: Good day,

I aligned days off from my "9 to 5" in order to feel the energy of 3 million people converging together to witness history & the dawn of a new administration. Personally, as a former news photographer I love shooting events with huge diverse crowds as there are always a multitude of wonderful moments to capture... some newsworthy & others tender interactions with loved ones. This is history & months ago when I didn't even know where I was going to stay in thr metro area (or with who as I have lots of great college buddies that live in the area), I didn't know if I could scrape up ample money to cover the drive down plus expenses after the holidays, rent, & student loan payments that won't be put on hold... I just knew that I was going to make it happen!

As an African American female & as a photographer this is a once in a lifetime moment for this country & the world. We, as a people, finally have someone to look to as an example in the U.S. & abroad an African American male who conducts himself with dignity & intelligence. Too often we still see portrayals in the media (& yes at times unfortunately in reality as well) of African Americans as gangsters, drug users, lazy, & incompetent. Every time I see him or somebody like Sen. Vincent Hughes & his lovely wife Sheryl Lee Ralph I am touched & inspired to keep working hard & to continue to stay on the right path despite the fact that the road can get tough at times.

I know this was probably a bit more verbose than what you were looking for, but I hope that you can relate to my sentiment. If you all need some photos of the party or the inauguration feel free to contact me! I'd love to help you all with coverage!

Many thanks & respect,

JoAnn

City: Willingboro

Comments: This is such an outstanding almost unbelievable event that you have to go to Washington and in some small way feel as though you are a part of the history making event. There are so many things going on in our world and so much race hating that you would not expect or think that the Americans could vote for an African American. I am thankful, hopeful and so very proud!


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