Obama inauguration: 'I want to breathe it. I want to feel it.'

  • Article by: Pam Louwagie , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2009 - 7:54 AM

Minnesotans are doing whatever it takes to get to D.C. to witness the historic inauguration, an event many thought they'd never live to see.

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lvpops53Jan. 17, 0911:41 PM

Why is it that I only hear about the blacks that are going to Washington? Is this because of someone's guilt trip over slavery? The last I heard was that Obama was half black and half WHITE. Did you forget about that white half? Didn't Obama also call himself a mutt? I think it's time to get something straight. Barak Obama will become THE American President. Not the white pres., or the black pres. So get off your high horse and come join the rest of us in celebrating his becoming the President of the United States.

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full0107Jan. 18, 09 5:26 AM

I caution Americans to focus too strongly on the race of our next president. Would it be socially acceptable then after Obama to celebrate the return of a white president? I think not. Obama should be a president to all Americans, not only African Americans. We should quickly move past race and focus on the nation's issues.

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croyceJan. 18, 09 5:53 AM

Please ignore the ignorance and fear displayed in these comments. Star Tribune shut down the comment section to this story now.

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dwnprkr1959Jan. 18, 09 7:10 AM

It is a big day for Black Americans and I think they deserve to have a big to do and I wish whites could just be glad for them. As for the other comments, stop being so ignorant. The D.B.

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joe1701Jan. 18, 09 8:09 AM

Dictionary says; "In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a person's beliefs and faith. Members of many major religions participate in pilgrimages. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim." So now you're saying Obama is a religious figure? Sheesh?

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TWolvesFanJan. 18, 09 8:27 AM

Who cares? This crap is so overrated and dumb. as far as I can see this president is nothing but a media magnet. I see this country going further in debt and more problems because of this. Why do we have to make a bigger deal then it is black/white this is just stupid.

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maxwell812Jan. 18, 09 8:27 AM

January 2012, please hurry up and get here.

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JetskiJan. 18, 09 8:42 AM

The huge sigh of relief and unbelievable joy that will be experienced at Noon on Tuesday is one that belongs to Americans, first and foremost, as well as to many other nations of the world. I think the sting in the comments here stems from the fact that Ms. Louwagie herself never used the word “America” in the article, and only one person interviewed (thank you, Mrs. Hiller) voiced the word in her anecdote. The majority of voters in the U.S. chose to change the leadership of this country, and Mr. Obama is now going to be speaking for all Americans. This story misses the mark in not giving we readers a bigger taste of patriotism (even a little), and it should not be surprising that some readers got the sense that many of the pilgrims here see this presidency mainly as a reparation. Mr. Obama did not run on a reparation platform, and the changes he inspires are not only racial. That’s why I believe the comments here are so biting. Each one of us should find peace and joy in the positive shifts in American society in the last 50 years, and every single American will be on that Mall on Tuesday, seeing and breathing a collective “at last.”

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laynerJan. 18, 09 8:44 AM

And the messiah will touch and heal all if you just make your pilgrimage. Maybe Obama will get me my check while I'm there.

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helterJan. 18, 09 9:03 AM

like many others I am sooooo damned sick of hearing about this crap. He is simply a man and nothing more. My question is, since there is such a double standard out there for blacks (I can criticize you because you're a different race than me, but don't you dare criticize me) are we able to be as harsh with Obama Mama as people have been with the likes of Bush, Clinton, etc.?? Probably not because Sharpton and Jackson will be crying racism all the way to the bank. Get it over with and move on. Last I heard we have a collapsing economy on our hands and rising unemployment. Mr. President (notice I did not say Mr. Black President) work your magic, but don't print any more money or borrow any more money to do it.

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