With an estimate of 800,000 in attendance President Barack Obama gave his inauguration speech after being sworn in for his second term as the nation’s 44th president.
If it had not been for the life and works of Dr. King, many people say that Barack Obama would not be president. King paved the way for Obama.
The nation’s first African-American president spoke of the progress during his inaugural speech, crediting the blood, sweat, and tears of Dr. King who persevered through the cause of civil rights.
During the inauguration ceremony a protester climbed a tree inside the courtyard and was holding a sign that read “Pray to end abortions.”
He was screaming “Stop abortions! Stop the baby killers Obama!
A Washington, D.C., police took a ladder and tried to climb up the tree to bring the protester down, but as the officer got closer to the protester he began climbing higher up the tree.
Finally the police officer decided to end his mission and left the protester in the tree until the ceremony ended.
The distraction did not dampen the spirits of the crowd.
However, at one point during the ceremony someone in the crowd told the protester to shut up.
As Vice President Joseph Biden was being escorted from the Capitol Rotunda canopy onto the platform the crowd started yelling “Joe! Joe! Joe!” with extreme excitement.
Biden smiled and waved.
When Obama was escorted from the Capitol Rotunda canopy and onto the platform, the crowd went wild, cheering and screaming “O…Bama, O…Bama, O…Bama!” while they waved small American flags and scarves.
The president smiled and waved to the crowd.
With an estimate of 800,000 in attendance the president gave his inauguration speech after being sworn in for his second term as the nation’s 44th president.
He spoke on equal pay for women, treating gays equally, and quoted “Freedom is a gift from God that must be secured on earth.” At the conclusion of the inauguration pop culture recording artist Beyoncé sang the National Anthem.
Local residents attend
Bishop Floyd Knowlin of Light House of Jesus Christ arrived in Washington, D.C., on Sunday night to attend the inauguration.
He said he wanted to attend to let his sheep know that he’s concerned about the country and that Christian life is more than the church arena.
“I’m so blessed that I was able to attend and God showed favor. I was given six tickets and was able to bless others,” added Knowlin. “I was given a VIP seating in the blue session and it was beautiful seeing over 35,000 people around you including Steve Harvey and his wife. It took all I had to hold back the tears and listen to our president’s inauguration speech.”
“It seems as though I was listening to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama all in one,” added Knowlin.
Principal Richard Neal of Carvers Bay High School also attended the inauguration.
Rayekeisha Freeman of Pawleys Island and classmates Asha Wood Folk and Kayla Wimbush from Hampton University in Virginia also attended.
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission was chosen to participate in the inauguration parade.
The float displayed the Gullah Geechee culture.
Float participants were Ron Daise of Pawleys Island (vice president of Brookgreen Gardens Theater Education), son Simeon Daise and Sara Daise. Simeon said just being able to celebrate our culture to the world was what he enjoyed about being a part of the inauguration.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times