WASHINGTON (CNN) - A few minutes after Obama spoke, Vanessa Reed reflected on the speech as she sat with her daughters across from the presidential reviewing stand at the end of the parade route.
"It was beautiful. It spoke to the issues of the moment," said Reed, who worked for the campaign. "I am proud this country saw what we saw in him."
Not as impressed: her youngest daughter Brooke.
"It was so boring," said Brooke, 4. Reed said her daughters, Brooke and older daughter Gabrielle, 6, understood the moment.
"They understand it is all a celebration," said Reed, who added that they were really excited about seeing Miley Cyrus at the inaugural concert this weekend.
I didn't vote for Obama nor do I generally agree with his politics but I do see him as a good example and hopefully, men will step up to the plate and fulfill their roles as fathers and husbands.
Oh please. He's a slick, ambitious politician. Those of you who fell for this ploy will see eventually that Obama isn't honest, and doesn't care about you. He cares about himself. Period. You were sold a bill of goods.
This is exactly the kind of cynicism that is not needed in this country right now.
No matter what our political affiliation, we need to stand behind this president and work to remake this country back into the shining beacon of the world is has been.
If Barack Obama were all for himself he could have made TONS more money as a private practice lawyer for some high-powered firm. He has taken on a job that no one who is sane would consider their 'dream vehicle' for their personal gain.
Oh, yes, he could have made more money as a lawyer, but you see, how would that have fueled his enormous ego? Every move he has made has been calculated for this very purpose. That, my dear is not cynicism, but the truth.
I hope he can dig us out of the mess that Bush left. However, the democrats in Congress are equally to blame. And the same people keep getting elected, so Obama's mantra of "change" will not actually mean 'change,' because how can change occur with the same people in Congress?
It's not going to happen. So, he's here to promote himself and that is all. It seems ridiculous to me, to elect someone with such inexperience to dig us out of Bush's mess. It's not baseball. It's a serious matter and he's a rookie.