Students Witness Obama Inauguration

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Jan. 20, 2009, will go down in history as the day the United States had its first African-American president. The inauguration fell ironically the day after we remembered and celebrated the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students in Mr. Covert's economics class at Meridian High School were glued to the television as they watched Obama take the oath into office.

"I just never thought there was going to be an African-American president. I'm so excited about it," said Jerica Blakney.

"I'm happy because I was looking forward to seeing it," said Stacie Haynes. "I was mad because I couldn't stay at home, but since they gave us the chance to look at it, I'm happy."

"I'm just glad to be a part of history, having our first black president," said Akeem Mercer. "It was a long time coming."

At Southeast Lauderdale High School, students packed the library to watch the inauguration.

"I think Barack did a wonderful job. I also think that it was just awesome to just see it, to witness part of history, even though we are here at Southeast in the library," said Lacey Knos.

"This is a life changing moment," said Jessica Roberts. "This is history, and I'm proud to be able to watch it. It's life changing to see an African-American take office, and to do it the day after Martin Luther King Day. I'll bet he's in heaven right now screaming."

"This is a wonderful event. Yesterday, we celebrated the life of a man who fought and struggled his whole life to achieve racial equality.," said Ladarius Malone. "Today, we see our first African-American president get inaugurated. I think he was trying to motivate all of us to get out and volunteer and get active in the community."

Many students were even left thinking of things they could do to volunteer in response to President Barack Obama's call.

"This is something that's never been achieved in America before," said David Covert. "And I think it will give a lot of people a lot of hope and confidence for the future that they too can achieve something."

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    to "m&m" honey were have you been its black history month 12 months out of the year. thank goodness that myself and my husband work so that we can send our daughter to a private school... its bad enough for you to think everybody owes you something but to set a side a whole month for it please..... we have to live with it 365 days a year.... so if you want to get down to it.. im sure you dont even know the platform obama ran on or even care... yes there are white people on welfare and yes there are blacks who need assistance as well.... but when you keep spitting out children like a popcorn machine just to get a check.. honey thats where i draw the line... go ahead and call obama tell him how racsist people in mississippi are . afterall he did give "all your people" his direct number didnt he.... I DIDNT THINK SO...
  • by nonya on Jan 21, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    Ok if blacks only make up 13 percent of the population that should tell you that a lot of white people voted for him. And yes the election was all about race. Some blacks not all were voting for Obama because he was half-WHITE/ , black, mixed whatever you choose and some whites not all were simply not voting for obama because he is half/BLACK they don't even see white. They could care less about his policies it was the simple fact that they dont want a black president. If Obama had McCains polices some whites still wouldn't have voted for him b/c of the color of his skin. I would hate for someone to die and go to hell b/c we have a black president b/c some people should be ashamed of how they are acting. I mean could we possibly get any worse? I'm just ashamed at how all you adults are acting get over it life is way to short.But the election has made some people show their true colors.
  • by Dave on Jan 21, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    It's true there are more white individuals receiving welfare. I saw on a website (and I can't vouch for the accuracy of the numbers) but this is what it showed: White 38.8%; Black 37.2; Hispanic 17.8; Asian 2.8; Other 3.4. But you see how close the percentage is. That's a high percentage for blacks, which make up only about 13% of the U.S. population. Whites make up about 80% of the population. Blacks have the highest *percentage* of people on welfare when weighed against their overall number. Hispanics make up about 14% of the U.S. population. It's clear also that white people are not the only people who can be racist, judging by the language used here. We should, as a nation, have moved past that, too. Apparently, some of you would rather harbor resentment for wrongs done long ago to your ancestors. I don't carry that guilt with me. Christ has forgiven me my wrongs. I can't attain redemption for anyone who went before me nor can it be laid at my door.
  • by nonya on Jan 21, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    yes it is a big deal with race b/c think about what if there were 43 black presidents and then a white was elected it would be the samething. if the us. wasn't so racists it wouldn't have come down to this. i'm so ready get out of ms b/c this has go to be some of the most so called christians that are racist who are going to hell b/c they dont like somebody b/c of their skin color.if this helps you feel better obama's mama is the same color as yalls!
  • by nonya on Jan 21, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    sara all black aren't on welfare!!!if you do research their are more whites on welfare and ebt than anyother race you crackered faced saltine
  • by m&m Location: alabama on Jan 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    i see some people just get a kick out of keeping this racial mess going.why don't u try getting on with your life if u have one(red necks)ait it sweet MLK DAY,OBAMA PRESIDENT,back 2 back and BLACK HISTORY MONTH in's all about us now ..we've put-up with u people 4 so lone now it's da .how yall(red necks) say it black folks time so chill-out hater...later.
  • by Sara on Jan 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    to the person who left the comment "whites need to do whats right".. how dare you.... we are the ones that have supported your lazy butts because you are to lazy to get a job... NEWSFLASH when your "sacred" obama takes away your welfare and ebt cards... DONT COME CRYING TO US.... you wanted change remember.... LIVE WITH IT
  • by Jane Location: Meridian on Jan 21, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    I think there are going to be somer VERY disappointed people in the world. I know kids who think that the whites are going to the cotton fields now and let blacks be their owners. This is what is being taught at home and it is sad. Kids think that just because they are black, they will have a "direct line" to the President and can call him every time something comes up that they don't like. It is a shame that they are going to be disappointed.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    lets see if Presidents day gets this much attention?
  • by Dave on Jan 20, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    I didn't think a person's race should matter, but it's clear from all the news coverage that it's the only thing that matters to a huge number of President Obama's supporters. They chant the mantra of 'change' but can any of them name his stand on the issues? Are they aware he supports government funding of abortions that kill black and white babies and growth of welfare programs that keep black and white people enslaved to mediocrity? Are they aware he wants to eventually increase taxes on hard-working black and white people who are NOT rich by any means? Change isn't automatically good change. And the people who mocked our outgoing president are the lowest of the low class. We all should respect President Bush, as we should respect President Obama. This is the very minimum of what is expected of people who are privileged to live in such a great land of opportunity.
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