Inauguration quotes for Obama’s second time
Quotes from the day:
(AP) — “Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.” — President Barack Obama, during his second inaugural address.
“It’s going to take some give-and-take. I hope they’re not too proud to do so.” — Army Maj. Phillip Santoni of Fort Carson, Colo., just returned from Afghanistan, said about Obama and Congress.
“I come down just to soak up what I consider to be very positive national pride. It feeds me. It energizes me.” — Paul Sutterlin, a sixth-grade social studies teacher from Middlefield, Conn., attending his third inauguration.
“In his first term, Obama was left to take care of everything that Bush left unfinished. Now, in his second term, maybe there’ll be more progress visible to the public so they’ll see that he is a good president for our country... I hope he does more for the job market, the economy and helping the homeless.” — Richmond Tolbert, 19, a homeless man from Olympia, Wash.
“He made the same promises as last time. It’s worse than four years ago... My grandkids will be in debt and their kids will be in debt.” — Frank Pinto, 62, of Wethersfield, Conn., watching the inauguration at a bar in Hartford, Conn.
“This is the dream that Dr. King talked about in his speech. We see history in the making. ... This is something he spoke about, that all races come together as one.” — Joyce Oliver, visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.
“There is no mob, no coup, no insurrection. This is a moment when millions stop and watch.” — Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., co-chair of the inaugural committee.