Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Local crowds gather around TVs to watch swearing in live

Numerous other events planned for evening’s inaugural balls

Allison Edwards and Sharyn Brubacher, servers at Milton's, 920 Mass., watch a TV in the kitchen during Tuesday's Inauguration Day ceremonies for President Barack Obama.

Allison Edwards and Sharyn Brubacher, servers at Milton's, 920 Mass., watch a TV in the kitchen during Tuesday's Inauguration Day ceremonies for President Barack Obama.

January 20, 2009, 11:10 a.m. Updated January 20, 2009, 1:18 p.m.


Inauguration Day 2009

President Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.

Obama’s inauguration

Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009 — the first African-American elected to the position. Many locals will make the trip to Washington, D.C., to watch the historic event. Others will watch from here in Kansas.

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1:17 p.m. Several hundred people gathered at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka to watch the inauguraton on television in the refurbished elementary school auditorium.

"I'm watching with a sense of hope and renewal and opportunity for our country,' said state Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, Kan..

He said the proceedings made him emotional. "It's a remarkable day for our country and really for the world," he said.

During the telecast, school children waved flags. Many adults had tears streaming down their faces.

The former Monroe School was at the center of the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared segregation unconstitional. The decision is hailed as one of the greatest human rights court cases in history.

The Brown v. Board site was opened in 2004 — the 50th anniversary of the decision — and then-President Bush spoke at the opening ceremonies.

1:11 p.m. Those who watched President Barack Obama take the oath of office said it’s a day they’ll never forget.

“I’m African-American myself, so I think this is definitely going to be a historical day for me to remember,” said Demetrius Early, who watched the events on a TV projection screen at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Mass.

“It’ll be a notable event that you’ll remember for the rest of your life,” said Jenni Watts, a Kansas University senior from Salina.

“I’m just real happy something like this happened, it’s a big change,” said Wayne Jackson, a personal trainer at Lawrence Athletic Club. “It just lets you know you can do anything in this country … no matter what race you are.”

“It is a big moment,” said Kendall Bradley, who was watching the inauguration while exercising at the club. “It is a very big deal and it’s very awesome to be a part of.”

— Jesse Fray

12:53 p.m. Vicki Penner joined her daughter, Sophia Minder, in class today to watch Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama.

“I wanted to watch the inauguration and I decided one of the fun places to do it would be with my daughter in 5th grade,” she said.

During the ceremony, Penner clapped and hugged her daughter. “For me, the election of Barack Obama, on so many levels, represents needed change,” she said. “He’s the best chance I think we have for rallying ourselves as a nation to make the deep changes we need.”

As for her daughter, Penner says she followed along during the campaign and election, and she’s excited that Obama is the leader of her daughter’s generation.

“(It’s) exciting to know that she’ll have a model of a president that at least I really admire and she’ll see what possibilities there are in good national leadership,” she said.

— Lindsey Slater

12:38 p.m.Applause broke out at the Kansas University Union after President Barack Obama made his inauguration speech. Dozens of students crowded into multiple rooms at the university to watch the inaugural events on TV screens.

Employees and many of those exercising at the Lawrence Athletic Club, 3201 Mesa Way, had their eyes glued to television sets as Obama was about to be sworn in as the nation’s 44th president.

Others had an early lunch at Downtown Lawrence establishments to take in the historic inauguration of America’s first black president.

— Jesse Fray

11:10 a.m. All the students at New York Elementary School are watching the inauguration via Cable in the Classroom.

The students are quiet — and perhaps even jealous because one of their classmates is at the inauguration in Washington, D.C.

They were each given a wristband commemorating the swearing in of the 44th President, Barack Obama.

Each classroom is doing a different activity — including listening for specific words — to keep them engaged in the inauguration.

— Lindsey Slater


kathyw105 9 years, 4 months ago

Get a life coleman1951. I know for a fact that if Obama was a regular man walking down the street, and someone askedy you to describe him, you surely wouldn't describe him as a white man. Just keep picking and choosing what you believe, it works for you (sarcasm).

Linda Aikins 9 years, 4 months ago

I was surprised and a little disappointed that the stores I went to to get red white and blue food for today (cookies, cupcakes, etc.) had NOTHING patriotic in their stores to commemorate today. I had to have something thrown together this morning.Also, I saw very few houses with their American flags flying. hmmmHawk, I can't believe you even commented on her gloves.

denak 9 years, 4 months ago

Ok, I have to agree about the gloves. They just didn't match her outfit which I thought was very nice.As for the coment regarding Aretha Franklin's hat, it(the comment) shows a lack of understanding for African-American women and their cultures. Hats are HUGE. Go to any traditionally black church on Easter and there are hats everywhere. The hat, even more than hair, is the crowning glory for an African-American woman's outfit.And personally, I thought she was working it!DenaP.S. On another note though, did anyone else think she messed up towards the ending???

Grundoon Luna 9 years, 4 months ago

Puh-lease, Hawk. Don't act like you know about fashion. Going by your posts, I would tag you a walking, talking fashion faux pas. You probably have a mullet. You wouldn't know a Mary Jane from a mule; nor a Choo if it was thrown at you.The color on the gloves, eh . . . Vinyl? Pfft . . . . I don't think so. The hat rocked, but rockin' a hat is not monopolized by the sisters. Lots of gals will rock a hat, all kinds of us.

Danimal 9 years, 4 months ago

There should be a new law that if you get tongue tied, or mix up the words in the oath of office more than once you can't be President. His speech was very good, but I was appalled that he completely mangled the oath.

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