Local thoughts on 57th Presidential Inauguration

By: Krystle Sonmore Email
By: Krystle Sonmore Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - It was another historic day for the country as President Obama was sworn into office for his second term, already facing a slew of problems.

Some are looking forward to this next term and the new elements that he could bring to the table. Others foresee a repeat of the last four years - a country falling into more economic debt with no significant change.

Either way, the 57th Presidential Inauguration was exciting for them and even more so for a group of students who got to be first-hand witnesses at the event.

"It was a once in a lifetime moment," said Christie Harris, chaperone of a group of students from Christian Community School that attended the event. "I'm glad we got to do it, and we're tired but more excited we got to do that. We can say that we were there."

Now the ceremony has concluded, and it's time to get to work.

"Decisions are upon us," said President Obama. "We cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics."

But some don't expect too much change.

"Inaugurations are always great, but President Obama has not really done anything that he's promised," said Kaemen Chiles, Grand Junction resident. "For us, it's a bit of a disappointment."

Others beg to differ.

"I think he's a great president," said Victorie Heinecke, another local resident. "I think he's going to go in the right direction. I think he's going to do well."

No matter the new policies or procedures that do or do not come about, thousands have agreed on one thing - America needs to stand together once again.

"The fact that he got elected said a lot of what he was capable of," said Chiles, "so he very may well be able to unify us."

"We need some hope," said Christie. "We need some change, and we need some things to go right in our country this year. And listening to him you can always hope for the best."

And in this next term, President Obama says he's looking at a bright future for the country.

"An economic recovery has begun," said President Obama. "America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention."

The 57th Presidential Inauguration brought in an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 spectators, a number that would make it the fourth largest crowd in inaugural history.

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