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January 22, 2013

Locals in D.C. for inauguration

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“They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed,” the president said Monday just past midday.

“For more than two hundred years, we have.”

ON THE PODIUM

North Country Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) had a great seat for Monday’s ceremony — on the podium with his congressional colleagues.

“The mood was very upbeat and positive, and it had that feel to it,” he told the Press-Republican.

“Democrats and Republicans alike all seemed very chipper.”

Owens said the key now will be for Congress to carry that “feel good” moment into something productive this session.

“People seemed really happy to be there, and if today is any indication, I think there could be some opportunity to come together and get things done.”

Owens said the temperature was in the low 30s and the weather cloudy and a bit damp during the ceremony, but the skies cleared nicely for the afternoon as the president and First Lady Michelle Obama strolled Pennsylvania Avenue, waving to the adoring crowd.

“It was cool to be part of the process,” he said.

‘EXHILARATING’

The Clutes had spent the weekend with family in Alexandria, Va.

“On Saturday, we went to a National Service Fair, as in community-service fair,” Penny said. 

“They brought together dozens of organizations and each offered different ways to continue to volunteer within your community. 

“That was cool.”

On Sunday, the couple spent part of the day at the National Archives and saw the new Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit, which has made public and included audiotapes from President John F. Kennedy’s phone calls during that critical period in U.S. and world history.

Being in Washington for Obama’s inauguration was exhilarating, Penny said shortly after the event.

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