'Change is good' at Independence Mall

Inquirer staff writer Emilie Lounsberry reports:

A block from the Liberty Bell, the western side of Independence Mall was packed – and cheers rang out when President Obama took the oath of office as thousands watched the big-screen monitor. Obama flags, Obama posters and Obama hats marked the moment. One woman clutched a copy of Time magazine with Obama’s face on the cover. A little boy waved a placard with Obama’s picture on it.

And there were cheers anew when the new president proclaimed, “We have chosen hope over fear.”

The mall was filled as far as the eye could see. Young and old. Black and white. Moms carrying sleepy children with rosy cheeks. Three young African American girls held up a hot-pink poster declaring, “My president is black” and “Change is good.”

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