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Obama's Inauguration

FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

First, be healthy and safe 

Mr. President, May you, your family, Congress, and all Americans be healthy and safe, first of all. My wishes for your presidency, as a mother, grandmother, citizen, volunteer and activist, are: respect for and inclusion of all at the table; nonviolent communication in all circles...

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Remember Lincoln's words

Mr. President, Congratulations on your historic accomplishment. With the ties you have made between yourself and President Lincoln, please remember his words. "You cannot --help the poor by destroying the rich --strengthen the weak by weakening the strong --bring prosperity by discouraging thrift --let the...

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People need work

Dear Obama, I just would like to wish you luck in your next four years in office. One thing I would like to see improve is the rate of unemployment, I believe people need to work. I know that you are working on this, which...

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Don't let anyone bring you down

Dear President Obama,I have no idea what kind of overwhelming stress is filling your mind, but I do know that I will support you through every decision you make. I do not have the same opinions as you have on certain issues, but you are...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

Inauguration: How it played

Wonder how newspapers in other parts of the country -- and world -- reported the inauguration today?Here's a Web site that will show you hundreds of front pages. Click on the image below to go to the site and all the front pages.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

Mustangs get press

The U.S. Border Patrol's Mustang Unit was far back in the Inaugural Parade -- in the fifth of six groups -- but it did get a plug in Tuesday's The Wall Street Journal.The eight mustangs from the Inland Northwest, chosen from horses assigned to patrol...

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Difficult, but worth it

Willis Anderton of Spokane thought Barack Obama's inauguration was "great." As an African-American man who grew up in the South, and saw crosses being burned as a youngster, seeing Obama sworn in as president is a sign the nation is moving towards equality."The country's turning...

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Anger and disappointment

Peggy and James Troutt came to Washington, D.C., to witness the historic inauguration, but spent the morning going in circles and being misdirected to the wrong entry points for their tickets.Peggy Troutt said they were on a Metro subway line that was closed after an...

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Into a Bradbury novel?

James Spung, a Whitworth University student in Washington, D.C., for a Jan Term program on the news media, filed his impressions of the capital city and the inaugural:We arrived in Washington, D.C., more than two days before the Inauguration of new President Barack Obama, and...

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Crowds pack the National Mall waiting for the inaugural ceremonies to begin. (Derek Casanovas, Special to The Spokesman-Review)

Amazing fever pitch

Derek Casanovas, a Whitworth University student in Washington, D.C., for a Jan Term program on the news media, filed this report of his experiences on Inauguration Day:3:30 a.m. was an early start. But after arriving at the 7th Street entrance with crowds bottlenecked back to...

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Warren invocation

Here is the text of the Rev. Rick Warren's invocation, as supplied by The Associated Press:Let us pray.Almighty God, our father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you. It...

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Day of anticipation

Jasmine Linabary, one of about a dozen Whitworth University students in Washington, D.C., for a Jan Term program on the media, sent this report from attending the swearing-in ceremony: Inauguration Day was a day of anticipation - whether it was people's desires to witness a...

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The Inaugural Poem

Following is the complete text of "Praise Song for the Day, A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration" as provided by the publisher.Each day we go about our business,walking past each other, catching each other’seyes or not, about to speak or speaking.All about us is...

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Benediction text

Text of the benediction by Rev. Joseph Lowery during President Barack Obama’s inauguration, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions, and supplied by The Associated Press:———God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou, who has brought us thus far along the way, thou, who...

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Around Spokane

Brian Birren didn't vote for Barack Obama in November, but he was so happy the 44th president was being sworn in Tuesday that he handed out small American flags in the doorway of the Lincoln Barber Shop in the downtown Spokane Skywalk where he works.Birren,...

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Obama's inauguration address

Update: Listen to the inaugural address with NPR's audio player. Read the full text of Obama's address. For an alternate view, check out this word cloud featuring the words Obama repeated most. The image is courtesy of www.wordle.net.

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Dispatches from the Vox crowd and other notes

Students who work on the Vox, the Spokesman-Review's high school newspaper project, are in D.C. for the inauguration. Read their dispatches at the Vox Box.To see all our inauguration stories, blog posts and photos in one spot, check out our special section.And look for the...

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A great experience

Gene Fitzpatrick of Spokane is on his way back to his RV from the inauguration ceremony, hoping to put his feet up and watch some of the parade. Here's what he had to say about the ceremony."The ceremony was short. I was really kind of...

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Commemorative flags for sale

Want a souvenir of the Obama inauguration from this Washington?The secretary of state's office has a deal for you. This just in from Sam Reed's office;The Secretary of State’s Office is making available U.S. flags that are being flown over the state Capitol today in...

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Libertarians to Obama: Congrats...sort of

The Libertarian Party, which bills itself as the nation's third largest political party, sent a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama. But Party Chairman William Redpath sort of doubt that the things he and other Libertarians may have liked most in the speech will be...

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Gregoire: Extraordinary time in history

Gov. Chris Gregoire echoed President Barack Obama's call for the nation to come together. Here's her statement from this morning:“This is truly a historic day, and one that I am so honored and proud to be a part of. I congratulate President Obama, and look...

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Sam Reed: Day of promise

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican, issued a statement this morning in support of President Barack Obama's call to sacrifice.“We join all Washingtonians in honoring our new 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and concur with his call for national renewal,...

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Obama's Inauguration

Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president of the United States is drawing people from across the country, including the Inland Northwest. Watch this blog for Spokane-area residents' photos and firsthand observations from the events in Washington, D.C.