SALT LAKE CITY – Utahns young and old gathered at the Jewish Community Center to watch President Obama’s inauguration ceremony on Monday.
The mood at the local watch party was a positive one. The group cheered as the president made his first appearance and took his oath of office.
“I think the speech was just what we needed to hear. It was a good speech for our time and it gives us some direction to move ahead and move ahead together. That’s what inspires us as Americans,” said Linda Haymond.
Some of the youngest attendees have only been alive for the first Obama Administration, while others remember watching President Harry Truman’s inauguration.
In the speech, Obama highlighted his biggest concerns and plans for the next four years, including issues like gay marriage, immigration and gun control.
“I think the issues of climate change are very important. The issues of social programs and strengthening education are really what provide true security for our country and I’m glad he brought those out,” Haymond said.
The attendance at Obama’s second inauguration wasn’t as big as last time, where he saw record-breaking numbers, but there was still plenty of support from supporters looking forward to the next four years.