Abington students crowd viewing rooms to watch historic inauguration

January 23, 2009

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Penn State Abington students crowded into all three of the campus’ official inauguration viewing venues to catch not only a glimpse of President-elect Barack Obama, but to witness the historic event as it unfolded. The anticipation, excitement, and optimism of the students could be felt by all who could squeeze into the standing-room only sites.

“I’m so excited,” gushed Michael Ucci, a third year corporate communication major. “Everyone is excited. You get caught up in it. It’s overwhelming…just amazing.”

During the pre-swearing-in events, MaeAnna Hassell, president of the Student Government Association, expressed her excitement about watching the Inauguration, “I couldn’t miss it,” enthused Hassell, “being here with the people I know, especially after yesterday, Martin Luther King Day. Obama is for our generation. Like the leaders our parents talked about. He’s our Martin Luther King, JFK, Malcolm X…just never thought I would see this.”

The students cheered as President-elect Obama was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein and whoops and hollers could be heard in the hallways as Obama took the presidential oath and was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

The rooms quieted as Obama began his Inaugural Address. Anyone who dared to talk was quickly hushed by fellow students. As Obama spoke of “challenges to be met,” of “work to be done,” of “how our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness,” of how “America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace,” and how “hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism…have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history,” and how “it is ultimately the faith of the American people upon which this nation relies,” the students nodded in agreement and seemed to grasp the responsibility of American citizenship that Obama was talking about as if the President himself were speaking directly to each one of them.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated March 19, 2009