Presidential inauguration: Obama campaigners celebrate historic day
TAHOE VISTA “-When guests arrived at Theresa Duggan’s house on Tuesday to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama, they were greeted by a life-size cardboard cut out of the new president and a congratulatory “Yes we did!” from Duggan.
From the presidential seal door mat to the giant teddy bear dressed in a T-shirt from the Obama campaign, red, white and blue could be found in every nook and cranny of Duggan’s home.
And as the glasses of “Inaugural Punch” ” California pomegranate juice, ginger ale and “Yes We Did” rum ” were poured and passed around, guests were overwhelmed with joy at the sight of Obama taking his place as the new leader of our country, some to the point of tears.
“This has been a fantastic experience,” said Donna Prishmont, the area coordinator for the Nevada Campaign for Change. “Just looking back at all the people that have been involved … it has just been marvelous,” Prishmont added with tears in her eyes.
Duggan, who worked with Prishmont on Campaign for Change in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, was also moved to tears as she reminisced about the old Democratic theme, “Happy days are here again,” and its significance, now more than ever.
But while tears were shed, cheers were made and thanks were given, many did not forget the arduous road this country still faces.
“This is a very moving and emotional time,” said Steve Lieberman. “But though I’m really excited about what has happened, I realize we are just stepping up to the starting line.”
Jean Laurence, another member of the local Campaign for Change, also recognized the uncertainty and the hardships that still lay ahead.
“I think we have a lot of hope,” said Laurence. “The next few years can be an incredible time, but if it crashes, it will crash hard.”
And while no one can predict what the future holds for the Obama Administration and our country, one quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt Duggan has hanging in her home holds especially true today: “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
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