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Vidalian Witnesses History
Tuesday, 20 January 2009

January 20--  They say over a million people from throughout the country and the world were in Washington Tuesday witnessing Barack Obama taking the oath of office as the nation's 44th President and it's first black President. 

Karen Jackson of Vidalia was in the crowd facing the Capitol when she called us to share what she was witnessing.  "I'm seeing smiles, parents with their children, grandparents with their grandchildren, everyone wanting to share this moment and this day with someone they love, and it's really, really something," she reported.

Karen was impressed with the President's appeal for national unity when he said, "This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed.  Why men and women of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man who's father less than 60 years ago might not have been served in a local restaurant, can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."

Jackson said, "I'm proud to first be an American and I'm very proud to be an African-American today, I've always been.  With President Obama maintaining his integrity throughout the elections, and his spirit to be inclusive in his selections of officials, I think he's going to define what we should be as a society, working together."

 

 
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