Local Reactions to President Obama's Inauguration

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

"I Barrack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear."

As the President starts a fresh four years, the country is focusing on some things they believe he needs to work on in his 2nd term.

"The feel was a little bit different this time from four years ago. First of all, the crowd was a little bit smaller.Although it was very crowded, I think they had about two million last time and they only had about half a million this time," said WKU Political Science Expert, Dr. Saundra Ardrey.

As Ardrey described the scene as President Obama was sworn in for a second term earlier today, crowds cheered for four more years.

"We must make the difficult choice to reduce the cost of healthcare and the size of our deficit," Obama pointed out.

And those in South Central Kentucky were thinking about some hot topics they want the president to address in his 2nd term.

"The economy is still in shambles, I would like to see us in less of a military issue, education and gun control," said Asst. WKU History Professor, Jennifer Hanley.

Others say the President and Congress must work together to fix the current problems.

"I think he should work more with the Republicans and be more bipartisan," said WKU Freshman Alex Miller.

"I just see a lot of his presidency having been an uphill fight to get things done," said self-employed medical transcriptionist, Joanne Wallace of President Obama's previous term.

As Ardrey explains, it is most important to get conservative support.

"One of the things he might try to do is immigration. He might get some type of bipartisan support on immigration, and of course he is going to try and do something with gun control and that's gonna be a little bit more cantankerous," she said.

Ardrey says President Obama must be more aggressive and aim for Congressional support this time around.


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