Local Politics

Parents involve children in inauguration

Posted January 20, 2009 7:10 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:12 p.m. EDT

— Thousands of children were among the millions of people who packed National Mall Tuesday to watch Barack Obama take his oath of office as the 44th U.S. president.

Parents from across the country brought their children to Washington to share in history, as Obama became the nation's first African-American chief executive. Many parents hoisted flag-waving youngsters on their shoulders to watch the inauguration.

"It makes me feel very happy know that I still have hope (to achieve anything)," said Andre Elliott, 13, of Goldsboro.

Archie Weindruch and his father drove in from Iowa.

"It was around 850 miles. (It) took us about 16 hours in a car," he said. "Personally, I wanted (Republican presidential candidate John) McCain, but we're citizens of the U.S. and we have to support (Obama)."

The youngest generations might feel the most impact from Obama's new administration, and Tyrick Young said he shared the crowd's upbeat spirit.

"I feel like black people – not just black people but anyone – can accomplish anything," Young said.