Hundreds gather to watch at the Muhammad Ali Center for inauguration day

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 7:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It seems like no matter where you were people stopped to watch President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

Thousands of people gathered for President Barack Obama's second inauguration at our nation's capital.       

Hundreds chose to watch it together at the Muhammad Ali Center and partied in the streets of Louisville.

The feeling was so electric, it rippled through the streets of Louisville, especially with youth.

"It shows that everyone can do it. Everyone can be president. An African-American, now he's in his second term," student Douglas Kelly said.

"It's kind of crazy to see a black president elected twice to two terms,” student Byron Houston said.

Patrice Whiteside flew back from Washington D.C. Sunday. She bought presidential posters to prove she was part of history.

"People from all over were there, sororities, children, adults. It was a sea of nationalities of people," Whiteside said.

"America's possibilities are limitless... youth and drive; diversity and openness," Obama said in his inaugural address.

A message that inspired Karen McKnight who was there four years ago.

"I am so excited. This is a new friend of mine and I'm really glad to share it with him," Karen McKnight said.

"I'm very happy for Barack Obama because my mom and dad tell me I might be the next president," Dontrell Carter said.

For those who celebrated indoors, it was a cinematic event at the Muhammad Ali Center, a special screening to mark history.

In addition to speaking about youth and diversity, President Obama talked about gay rights. The first ever during an inauguration.

It was touching for partners Jessica George and Nancy Schoemhoff.

"I thought it was amazing that he mentioned Seneca, Selma and Stonewall. I thought that was an incredible nod. I also was encouraged. I am gay and for gay rights of course," Schoemhoff said.     
 

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