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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:57 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey

Inquirer staff writer Rita Giordano reports:

At Burlington Township High School, a racially diverse school in Burlington, NJ, seniors Melissa Dallmann, 18, and her friend Tyler Riley, 17, watched the inauguration with about 100 other students in the school’s performing arts center.

As the procession began and Micehelle Obama emerged Melissa turned to Loetta Henry, an 18-year-old senior.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:35 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey
Abdus Shakur, 43, and Chris Javier Rivere, 19, watch the inaugural festivities at Millennium Cuts in Atlantic City. (AMY S. ROSENBERG)

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg reports from Atlantic City:

Aretha got them first. Inside Millenium Cuts on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City, where the inauguration was on two screens, front and back of the store, it was the big-bow-hatted queen of soul who got the tears flowing. Abdus Shakur, 43, who had come in from his outdoor stand of cd's to watch, just shook his head as he sat rapt with a few others on folding chairs and tears welled up and then overflowed.

There could be no describing. Just knowing looks exchanged through tear-filled eyes.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:21 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey
Inquirer staff writer Sue Snyder reports:

At Cheyney University in Chester County,  student government president George Bush was among the 200 students and faculty in the Marcus Foster Students Center at the historically black college watching Obama take his oath of office.

While many around him applauded, waved flags and screamed in celebration, Bush sat silently, his hands folded, his eyes transfixed on the screen.  “I don’t have many timeless moments but this is one of them," he said. "It feels like a movie that you’re in.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:18 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey

Inquirer staff writer Jan Hefler reports from Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury NJ.:

1:16 p.m.

Phyllis Carr, 67, of Clarksboro, was in the surgical waiting room at Underwood waiting for her husband to be released from the operating room.

A retired secretary with four grown children,  she thought the speech was “very good.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:11 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey

Inquirer staff writer Cynthia Burton reports:

At the Medford Senior Meeting Room, Michael Diller is a little out of step with his neighbors as he watches Obama's speech. Though a registered Republican, Diller supported Obama in a town that voted for McCain.
He says the address "was much like his campaign speeches. He's an inspiring orator."

A retired attorney, Diller said in Obama, "we have someone who's articulate. I feel he will present America's case well."
His wife, Kate Diller, a former school teacher, supported McCain. But today, she was taken with the history of the moment. She is hoping that children all over the country watched the address and thought of her own two-year old granddaughter.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 12:32 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey | Philadelphia


Inquirer staff writer Jonathan Tamari reports:

What was the feeling like for Ishmail Alghali moments before Barack Obama took the oath of office?
 
"It's chills," said the 20-year-old who voted for the first time this year.
 
Kahlief Bussie, 22, said when he is older, he will be able to tell his children he saw the first black president. He and Alghali are two members of the Willingboro entertainment group Round 1, which performed for hundreds of school students at the Trenton War Memorial.
 
"Now, in classes, they're not going to say, 'You can be the first black president.' They're going to say, 'You can be the next black president.'"

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 12:17 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey

Inquirer staff writer Cynthia Burton reports:

A handful of seniors are watching the Inaugural Address at the Medford Senior Meeting Room, just off Main Street.

They have just finished a game of bridge, where they talked and laughed. The only sound in this room, with its green carpet and murals of country life on the walls, is the sound of Obama's voice.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 11:52 AM
Filed Under: New Jersey | Philadelphia

Inquirer staff writer Vernon Clark reports:

About 1,000 people have assembled in the Comcast Center as Rick Warren gives the invocation.

C.J. Shumard, 23 of Chester Springs, digital and video production student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, said he wanted to be part of history and he knew there would be a fabulous screen and a great crowd at the Comcast Center. He wasn’t disappointed. “I am excited to see a Democrat take the presidency. It is an opportunity to witness history.”

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