Hundreds of thousands traveled to Washington to serve as eyewitnesses to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. But as YNN's Bill Carey reports, you didn't necessarily have to be in the capital to share in the event.
AUBURN, N.Y. -- It was far from the mall in Washington, but supporters of President Barack Obama took the Auburn Public Theater up on its offer to view the inaugural ceremony.
“I could have stayed home and watched it on the little screen, but to see it on a big screen, it's like you're in the middle of it. It's the spectacle of the whole thing,” said Judy Bryant.
And it wasn't just the spectacle that they shared. There was a sense of deep emotion in the theater as patriotic songs filled the air. A sense of history as America's first black president was sworn in to a second term on a holiday designed to honor a civil rights leader. And a sense of mission as the President talked of his goals for the next four years.
“I thought it was very, very well done. I don't think I would have liked to have been one of the republican leaders sitting there today,” Mary Lee Gunn said.
There was also a sense of a new reality. That the nation has traveled far from its spirit of hope at the first swearing in back in 2009.
The crowds in Washington were smaller than they were four years ago. The crowd here at the Auburn Public Theater was not large. But those who did come say they think hope may be replaced soon by determination, fueled by the President's words, his call for action by, quoting the Declaration of Independence, “We the people.”
“The whole point of this today was bringing people together. And citizens taking up the cause of working for their government and being their government. It's being the government. The government isn't all that in Washington, it's us. And if we don't take part, there is no government,” said Anne Fairbanks.
A moment shared. A connection made between a sunny Capitol Hill and a darkened theater in Upstate New York.