WAYNESBORO, Va. -- Leandra Cubbage and Anitria Bellamy, her friend, were in Washington, D.C. when the first African-American president, Pres. Barack Obama, was sworn in four years ago. That inauguration is remembered for having record breaking attendance, but this year, it was not the same.
“He's still the first African American president, however, it's his second term. I guess maybe the novelty is off, if less people show up because of that,” said Cubbage.
Even though Cubbage and Bellamy were excited to see what happens in the U.S. during the next four years, based on the last four, they and other Democrats think the president has a lot of work left to do.
“It's been a struggle,” said Jennifer Lewis, another attendee, “There are things that I wish he would have done better or been more forceful about. I wish Congress would give him more opportunity to do the things he was voted to do.”
Bellamy described the problems she saw in Washington, D.C. during the past four years.
“I think he did what he could do. I'm sure he wanted to get more things done. The people in Congress are the ones that we really need to focus on,” said Bellamy.
Cubbage described her concerns for Pres. Obama's second term.
“I still think there's room for growth in the economy definitely,” said Cubbage, “I'm a nurse, so, of course, health care is a great concern for me. I'd be interested to see how reform goes and how America responds to that.”
One of the biggest issues everyone is waiting to see Pres. Obama tackle as he starts his new term is gun control.
“We're not doing anything about it. I'm saying that you shouldn't have a gun. I'm not saying that you shouldn't be allowed to have guns or any of that. What we want to do is actually say, let's use some common sense,” said Chanda McGuffin, an attendee of the event.
Some Democrats said Pres. Obama should focus on gun control efforts. Others said the president should support more research on mental illness to curb gun violence.
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