January 17th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Malveaux: Many - without tickets - are happy just to be here

President-elect Obama collected his daughters after detraining in Washington Saturday evening.
President-elect Obama collected his daughters after detraining in Washington Saturday evening.

WASHINGTON, AT UNION STATION (CNN) - It was quiet near the president-elect's train when it arrived, but inside Union Station, there was a lot of activity and a lot of noise from folks who knew they would not even get a chance to see him.

Watch: Obama arrives in Washington

People from all over the country and all over the world were at the station.

Asked what Obama meant to him, Terry Kinney of Georgia said it was how he will affect the future. "When I think about the Supreme Court justices that he might appoint and how it's going to affect my son," he said. "The economy is important, but when he appoints the Supreme Court justices, it's going to change my son and all of our kids' lives for over 50 years."

Eleven-year-old Grant Ibeh said Obama's presidency shows him that "my dreams can come true."

"I'm really excited of having him as our new president, and he's going to do well for this town," Grant said.

There are a lot of people in Washington who are eagerly awaiting the inauguration and happy just to be here, a lot of people who will be sleeping on cots, staying with family and staying with friends. A lot of them don't even have tickets, but they're here to share in this moment.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    I don't have a ticket and am glad I don't have to witness this disgusting display of arrogant buffoonery.

    January 17, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. norma wilkinson

    As exciting as it is, it's almost unfair for us to have so much faith in this young man., but I liken him to the bumble bee who really can.t fly because his wings aren.t strong enough to support his body, but he doesn;t know that and he flies anyway. Somehow Barack Obama will fly andhe'll put this country back up on top where it belongs.We'll all do whatever we can to help.

    January 17, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. crazielikafox

    quit trippin dude and find something meaningful to do with your life...you can start with growing up first!

    January 17, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. knowledge

    @ William A Schaedler. You need to put your attitude in check and wake up. There is no display of arrogant buffoonery about this. Aren't you proud to be American??? You need to pump your brakes and understand that a new day is coming. Bush is out! He was never our president!!!

    January 17, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Monika from Chicago

    I see William is busy spreading his negative attitude throughout the boards. I for one am thrilled to have a president that will be able to form intelligent sentences and actually look out for everyone and not just the United Corporations of America.

    January 17, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Karen

    Hey Bill since you seem to be making the tour of all the ticker reports tonight you seem to have some time to spend on something you obviously find so terrible. So which is it? Are you part of the rich, Bush helped out who have retired to some tax haven or just a pouting brat who didn't get his way!

    January 17, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Respect

    I agree with William.

    That's fine to feel otherwise, but "crazielikafox and knowlegdge"...no need to insult somebody because they don't agree with you.

    "Democracy without dissent is tyranny."

    January 17, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. legal in nc

    For those of you that said that Bush was never your president,,, guess what there were over 48% of America that voted and said they didn't want this inexperienced civic organizer as their president.

    Get over yourselves and get used to the same treatment for obama that you whiners gave Bush!

    January 17, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. Laurie Mann

    I'd say the era of arrogant buffonery is finally over.

    January 17, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. Denise

    Happy Happy Happy – what a fun family and how interesting is it going to be to be part of a platform that includes everybody even the snot nosed awful brats that are all upset cause they can't be on the bully pulpit any more. So now we hear and laugh and ignore their sniveling. Hello President Obama – here's to America's new beginning full of hope and brightness. Thank you America

    January 17, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  11. Mike Dallas

    What happened to the wailin' rethugs to "respect the office of the President"? Guess you know now why we kept saying that respect has to be earned and the title is just that, a title. The holder of that title has to earn our respect.

    Guess rules only apply when in the Republican Nazi Committee has the head Brown Shirt in the office.

    Try to sit back realize that we finally have a representative of the little guy in office and not one of the "landed gentry" that viewed us as "serfs" only eligible for the leftovers from "trickle down" table.

    At least Obama won with a 7% point lead and appointed by the Supreme Court just think had much madder all you neo-cons would be if that had been the case!

    January 17, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. Danny in Chicago

    LOL......You are all ridiculous.

    William – you're an idiot

    Respect – I have none for you since you support the idiot.

    And Legal – remember when Gore had more of the popular vote than Bush.....remember that? This is not the same as Bush....not at all.

    And I'm very proud that our next President was a civic organizer – that is a tough tough job. It's one thing to sit in a nice comfy office all day, and another to get out with the people and change their lives. That's what Obama did, and now HE gets to sit in a comfy office. HE EARNED IT.

    January 17, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |