January 18, 2009

LIVE Blogging on Sunday's "Larry King Live!"

Posted: 09:04 PM ET

Our Blog Correspondent, David Theall, is blogging from the hottest ticket event in Washington, D.C., TONIGHT!  He's at "The Root" Inaugural Ball in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on the red carpet and he'll update you on the scene.  It's a star-studded event and we're taking you there on Larry's blog!  david-grab2

Some of the stars expected this evening include, Stevie Wonder, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Tucker, Natalie Portman, Babyface, Ellen Pompeo .... and, perhaps, Oprah herself. 

8:54 p.m., ET: Media assembled.  Red Carpet stretched out.  Boom mic's holstered. All await the first celebrity ....

9:09 p.m.: Kevin Frazier "Entertainment Tonight" weekend anchor is pulling double duty tonight.  Covering the event for ET and doing live hits for Larry on the red carpet.

9:10 p.m.: Christopher Hitchens just entered the building.  Christopher has joined Larry on many political discussions.

9:14 p.m.:  David is hoping his knees make it through having to crouch down while he types so the camera operator can get a live shot of the crowd.

9:20 p.m.:  Past LKL guest Bishop T.D. Jakes walking the red carpet with his son.  Kevin Frazier interviewing now.

9:23 p.m.:  Media Buzzing!  Spike Lee hitting the carpet now.  Kevin Frazier first with the interview for Larry.

9:35 p.m.:  David beginning to feel like a zoo animal as people gather at the roped-off media pitt and snap pictures at Spike Lee behind him.  Wouldn't mind if someone threw a peanut or something.  Getting a little hungry.

9:44 p.m.:  Media waiting for more celebrities.

9:50 p.m.:  David just did his live hit on the show.  Told Larry about the comments we've recieved on our blog as we asked what the inauguration of Barack Obama means to you.

9:52 p.m.:  Samuel L. Jackson walking the carpet.  Once again, Kevin Frazier first up with the interview for Larry.

9:55 p.m.:  David fights the over-whelming urge to yell, "I'm tired of all these snakes on this plane!"

9:57 p.m.:  Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein walked into the event with their wives.

10:02 p.m.:  End of program.  Thanks for joining us tonight!  We'll update the other celebrity arrivals in a later blog entry.  Have a good night!

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Michele   January 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I have never been so caught up in an Inauguration – I sense a great man getting ready to take office and am proud to be a part of it, albeit from a distance and the comfort of my living room.

After 8 long, miserable, bitter years I can finally say MY PRESIDENT – and say it with great pride.

Gail Zanger malibu, ca   January 18th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

The reason Obama will be successful is he knows how to use people.. he will use the public via the internet to lobby their Congressional members and Senators to finally do the right thing and not fall prey to special interest.
He is not only intelligent, articulate , a great communicator, he is aware of his surroundings. He is not alof and he is a family man with respectable values. And ladies ,he has a great body! so men eat your hearts out.
We are so lucky let us pray for his good will and let us all help him to lead our country in especially difficult times.

Maria Jasso   January 18th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Dear Mr.King, on Christmas eve, everybody in my family, were talking about Mr.Obama, and all of us in the room, have diferent expectations for him, so in our talk, this is what we decided, we all have a problem that is expected to be solve by him, but we all have good energy, we believe that he will solve all of them, so he has all this good energy, good talk, and that is the reason that as many americans we all want good for everybody, good feeling for Mr.Obama and he will, we believe in him, all he has is good energy flowing around.

Star80   January 18th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I just seen the HBO special. It was great. I had tears in my eyes and overrealmed and inspired. I love Obama and the things he's about to do for our great nation. god bless America. I Love America..

Star80   January 18th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

gail.. You go girl. Im a single Mom witha 7 year old. times are hard and we need all the inspiration we can get to help lift us up. Hope is all I have and it feels good. my days have been happier and My son and I are happy with hope. And Yes he's a 10 and than some. I with you my fellow american. Lol

Gail Zanger malibu, ca   January 18th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Thanks Star! Just so you know I a 60 year old Grammy, blessed in life and both hubby and I give back to our society. On any level all of us need to help others. Star you are blessed to have your prncess, enjoy every moment and there is rainbow behind every cloud.

Joette S. Kapke   January 18th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am looking forward to having a true motivated leader in the White House. A leader who has the knack to inspire and engage all Americans for the common good, a person who will listen and then guide policy forward. I hope all Americans remember that Barack Obama has never said he will solve the problems but as always asked each of us to be engaged and to push forward.

LadyB   January 18th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Larry King is simply the coolest interviewer ever...
and it doesn't get any cooler than Larry King and Stevie Wonder together. Wow! Just wow. Larry is the man!

Karen Hartman   January 18th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I'm so excited about our future. I've been there from the beginning of this whole campaign, but I just have to say that letting HBO have exclusive rights to such an important part of this whole journey leaves me bewildered and little upset. Most people cannot afford expensive cable that allows them to tune in to HBO. I'm a middle-class american and I can't afford it. Why couldn't they just show a little bit of the entertainment today (which, by the way, we all support those entertainers by buying their music and contributing to their movies!). I don't think that it would have been prudent to dwell on all of the entertainment today because it would have taken away the glory of the rest of this history-making process, but just a little bit? Maybe a shot of the future first family's response? A tune here and there? Really... we are all americans and part of this. Why couldn't they share? Did the stars get a cut of the million's that HBO paid?

Gail Zanger malibu, ca   January 18th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I assume HBO paid for thie airtime, not sure exactly how that works. The other networks may not have been in that position financaily. I am sure it iis all about money. NO need to fret all went well. Did not Mrs. Obama look marvelous, Maybe the next fashion statement since Jackie O.

Gail Zanger malibu, ca   January 18th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Ok what 87 year old lady here?? Are we on the right blog? or??

Asif   January 18th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

There comes a time once in history when the moment pauses, to behold what lies ahead of them. This is one such moment.

Jodi   January 18th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

This president scares me. He has no experience. Joe Biden says he will be challenge we will be challenged. Well great. That exactly what we need today. More challenges. Scary times.

Mary from Florida   January 18th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Keeping the kids home from school on Tuesday so we can experience this historic event as a family. Watching the celebration today at the Lincoln memorial, with the songs being sung, it felt like the page has turned from one Generation to the next. We are seeing right now, the next "Greatest Generation".

Lorenzo Evans   January 18th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This is an amazing experience for me. Even though Im unable to attend the inauguration ceremony in person, I am sitting down with excitement watching it live on CNN and will continue to watch until Barack Obama is sworn in as the next President of the United States.

Carlos   January 18th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I tihnk this inaguration and our new president is gonna bring our country back to where our country was, where the world looked up to us , and it will help us teach our children

C Muhammad in Wichita, KS   January 18th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I have to told my children a lie, and I have witnessed a Prophecy, and we are seeing our future.

Mike Davis   January 18th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Larry I need your help. President Obama says he welcomes any idea about the finanial crisis. Well here's an idea: Give every head of household or single tax payer $50,000 and atch the economy more than bom. he banks that are owed money will be paid back by families paying up on the mortgage, aut makers would definitly benefit, and people would spend in retail. Now tell me thats nota plan, it sure would be cheaper!!!

Sintelle Taylor   January 18th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I view this time in our country's history has a continuation of a journey which began with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, President Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King. President-Elect Obama's devine destiny is not yet realized. Our country is all the better for embracing the kind of change that will enrich our country and our lives.

Chepel   January 18th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

The best thing Bush can do on his way out is to pardon the Border Patrol officers that work so hard to keep our America safe and secure. Is it possible that Bush does not get it or is he really that out of it?

Mitchell Collman   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

This inauguration is more than just a president getting sworn in, it is complete history. Hundreds of years from now kids in school will be scribbling down in there notebooks the year the first African American became president.

Mike Davis   January 18th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry I need your help. President Obama says he welcomes any idea about the finanial crisis. Well here’s an idea: Give every head of household or single tax payer $50,000 and watch the economy more than boom. the banks that are owed money, will be paid back by families paying up on the mortgage, auto makers would definitley benefit, and people would spend in retail. Now tell me thats not a plan, it sure would be cheaper!!!

alex lucas   January 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

This is the wonder of America.
Whenever we find ourselves in a corner, we come up with something sensational that reminds the world that we are the promised land.

We got over the Great Depression.
We did it in WWII.
We did it with JFK.
We walked on the moon.
We survived Nixon and Carter.
We got over 9-11
We got through the .com bubble

Now, we have the president of the century. He makes sense and will re-direct history.

Get ready for greatness!

claudette   January 18th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Hi Larry, I live in Mtl, Canada and I am thrilled to see the unfloding of such a breath taking event. I am glued to to the tv. I follwed him all the way through the campaign and I still have a knot in my stomach. I know Dr Martin is smiling.

Debbie Abbott   January 18th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Please keep him safe every time we get a wonderful person like Obama someone wants to take it away from us,

dave   January 18th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I am so excited to a new future, I do believe change can be done and a better future will evolve but time is of the essence I ask cnn to post a list of do's and dont's of his promices and accomplishments and results daily The Obama list

julio   January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Be honest, did anybody was 100 % that Barack obama was going to be the next president ? I did. Since he began his canpaing I knew the time was coming.

Joseph Aboul   January 18th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I am confident that the world at large is going to be better and we will see for the first time in decades a dialogue on how to co-exist.
I came to the US with a plan to go back home and attend to my business but ended up staying over a year because I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, a hope for America and the world at large. I stayed on on to see Obama elected. I could not elect because I am not a US citizen but I did what is required by asking someone who is eligible to go and do so because it is good for the world.

Stephen Stafford   January 18th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I am an Englishman who's holiday in Washington just happens to coincide with a watershed in world history. I have attended this afternoon's celebrations and shall be here on Tuesday. I cannot stress the importance of this singular inauguration to the many others I have watched from the UK. It is not just an American celebration but a celebration, and relief, for the whole world. I feel proud and privileged to be present.

Cathie   January 18th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Come on fellow Americans, let's get real. Mr. Obama is partly African American. Since skin color seems to be so important, there are many great black men or women whom would be very much suited for the job. For example, Clarence Thomas. And what's with all the Hollywood hoopla? Just because one is talented in the arts may not give them ability for politics. Remember, he's just one man and has limited powers. Thank you and God Bless America.

Caroline Samuels   January 18th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I'm very excite about the Inauguration. Obama is a very organize man. I enjoyed receiving emails telling me what needed to be done during the campaign. If it was to knock on doors, registrar voters or make a donation. My concerns are he will still need our help to improve our nation. Will we be disconnected? Tomorrow, I will get out with my children and volunteer for the National Day of service. Then what?

kar   January 18th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Jodi, Joe Biden does not have any experience as president, so give Obama a change, it does not matter who gets in there its going to
be a challenges just because thats the time we are in, so pray!

jaye karynia reynolds   January 18th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I live in Canton, Ohio, my brother-in-law in Cincinnati, we've had daily discussions on all things relative to brother-in-law thinks
we should dispense with all this pomp and circumstance and just make Obama KING OF THE WORLD !!!!!!!!

Vince Cawley   January 18th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

I live and work in one of the redest states in this Union ... GO B.H. OBAMA ... The Best to You and Yours ... Thank You Sir ... Idaho Falls, ID ... !!!!

Iris Feliciano   January 18th, 2009 10:19 pm ET



Vince Cawley   January 18th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

took my 6 yo Nephew out today to buy an American Flag to Fly ... !!!!

Malcolm   January 18th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Have to wonder how may posts are being deleted when negative. I am, as many other Americans are, appalled by the millions being spent on this "celebration". I'm glad all the rich and elite are able to join in and party down while most of us living pay day to pay day are hoping we can just get our bills paid on time. I am just waiting to see the shots of those Wall street elites or bankers we bailed out partying down themselves.

Any idea what that $150 million would provide for those who are homeless in America tonight? Wanting to change things my butt. This is complete hypocrisy, and there are several people who feel as I do about it. One only need to look on a site that is not Obamatized to see what real America is feeling as this joke parade goes on.

By the way. I am not a prejudice person, but prejudice in this country will never end as long as we keep celebrating "first black" anything, or have black channels, or black colleges, or black anything. We need to stop seeing in color, and unfortunately the ones most guilty of this at this time, are those very people that fought so hard to end it.

These are ideals that Mr. Obama himself preaches day in and day out, and yet while watching this debacle I just cannot seem to believe him.

Torrance Lauderhill, FL   January 18th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know
it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:4

Ryan, 7 year old   January 18th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

barack should be a big future president doing great things.we should not give up on anything.we have to believe in barack.we have to give everybody a second chance too.he is the first black man for president in history.

jaye karynia reynolds   January 18th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

I have always considered myself to be a person who is forward , free thinking, progressive, assertive minded and relatively astute. The election of Barack Obama has caused me to reassess my thinking:
Prior to Obama, I often stated that a black man could be anything, anything except President of the United States. I realize now, that I had succumbed to the racism, prejudice, and discrimination that this country breathed into me. I was a victim of being a product of my environment, my greater envirornment, that is being a citizen of these United States. I now know that that statement was borne out of a 'slave mentality' something I never ascribed to or thought I pocessed. Had this country truly "lived up to it's creed" no such thought could have been conceived by me or anyone else. Had this country been what it professed to have been, I and everyone else should have been born and bred to belive that becoming the President is possible. With the election of Barack Obama we see there truly is 'nothing greater than a man whose time has come.'

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Mike Davis,your plan would cost 5 trillion dollars.200 million times a thousand is 200 billion..........50 times that much?people are worried about 700 billion.
It will never happen as the rich want most of the money.
who owns the road building companies?
What is ruined right now is consumer confidence.
in the 80s the unemployed number was double
this is a head game.

Marie   January 19th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I love Kal Penn. A pretty diverse panel. Thank God America elected Barack Obama

Vince   January 19th, 2009 12:54 am ET

I'm 28 years old. This is a moment in history that officially validates the quote "You can be anyone you want to be." Like the time when we reached the moon with a "giant leap for mankind" 40 years ago, this is another giant leap that my generation will forever remember..

Marta Wall   January 19th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Barack Obama has simply and completely brought this nation to its knees! Godspeed............

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I saw a comment last night on this blog from a teacher of all else,that now America can be free of "the slave ideology"and blacks can even become the president of the united states.Utter nonsense.

You did not need a black president for removal of this ideology.
This 'SLAVE MENTALITY" was shattered years ago.

There are countries where blacks were never slaves or second class citizens.It was an issue in the united states long ago.

Every american that has a television knows who Oprah is.

For decades the opportunity has been available for black people to be whatever they want in life.

Mike Tyson,stevie wonder,ray charles,casius clay,reggie jackson,michael jackson,and hundreds of other blacks have been a testimonial for decades that blacks could be anything they wanted in,airline pilot,lawyer,...anything.
Some of these people are more known and have a net worth higher than the president elect.

Joan   January 19th, 2009 1:03 am ET

History.......What.......HISTORY ????????
All we did is elect another man.........I don't care what color he is.......
We just elected another man.

Carmen Lax-Ray   January 19th, 2009 1:05 am ET


I am 54 years old and I never thought I would live to see a Black President. I am so excited for him and for our Country. I think he will continue to bring all races together. I wish my father was still alive. He would be amazed!!!! Your show is great!!!!

Carmen Lax-Ray

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 1:07 am ET

There is constant reference to "the color of your skin"There is an un nessecary race component here.The choice to excel in life is your choice.The opportunity is and has been there for decades for everyone.
The rapsters should stop painting the picture that being a drug dealer is the good life.The music industry should ban that trash.

barbara   January 19th, 2009 1:11 am ET

I believe that this is the most uplifting day that we have had in a long time. to see just ordinary americans standing together , legendary performers performing for free, that is just awesome. if this doesn't make you proud to be an american ,then I don't know what will. what a day!

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 1:15 am ET

Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States.
The woman can celebrate.
Martha Stewart,a billionaire,and Oprah beat you to it.
Hillary is the apprentice now.Bill Clinton is advising both of them.
This was too much challenge at this time for her.
Wait and see,remember this comment.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 1:21 am ET

the palestinians just can not get enough.
someone told me that rockets were fired in a ceasefire.

R. Brackemyre   January 19th, 2009 1:28 am ET

I have 3 comments/questions-
1. the party on the capitol mall today looked like a "Black Expo" more than an inauguration party. I assume the next 2 days will be the same. This is not a celebration of a black president, but a new president or should be. Right now the "color" is in focus, not the issues of the country. Even the media is interviewing all black people, and very few other races. This should not be a party for racial achievement and so far it sure looks like that.

2. I wish the best for Obama, but he knows this country is a wreck, and he cannot fix it immed., maybe not in 4 yrs. It doesn't matter if he is white,afro-am, green or purple, CNN knows the Congress has to be cleaned out or we will see no changes. Bush has received too much criticism, and so much of it is not his fault. A Pres. is no more than a figurehead, until we can fix Congress if that is possible, and who, I ask would do it? I think Obama is intelligent , but he lacks Washington experience. I fear his struggle ahead. I am not a party person- I vote for who I think is best; in this case, I voted for McCain because of his obvious tremendous background and D.C. experience. His age is not a factor. May be sure you know I am NOT a person with racial prejudice, never in my life,and I am 56.

3. Who is paying for all the parties today, and Monday?

Thank you, and way to go Larry, you are fantastic.
R. Brackemyre, IN ( just below Indy)

marylou   January 19th, 2009 1:57 am ET

since 1963,and Mr.King's 'I have a dream" speech,I spread the word,we need to change and free the oppressed. If it wasn't for the civil rights act and eeoc making it possible to 'balance' the work for with women,blacks and other minorities,NONE of today would be happening.
Today, I became a PROUD American because my black sisters and brothers now know 'you can truely be anyone or anything you want to be in this great country'. Today, I saw dominate black commercials and how great that I now watch them instead of them being mentored by white figureheads,and white actors and etc. But this is way more than the dream being fullfilled. It is about us coming together,working for OUR country as a truely unified people,despite heritage or social structure. Maya Angelou,I bow for your words your efforts to get people to raise the bar for themselves. We are there and we ARE moving forward. I thank God for leading the way and opening our hearts so today we are one. Now,peace is soon here.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 2:16 am ET

Black Americans have had the same rights and opportunities as everyone else for decades.
So apparently acceptance and equality is by the votes for president.
Utter hype and nonsense.
That person flying the 747 you are on could be black or
The neurosurgeon saving your child. or
Your bank manager saving your home.or
The teacher educating your child.
Way too much importance has been put on the black issue here.
He won because he is capable and a harvard lawyer.
Whether you want to be a pimp,drug dealer or the highest statistic in u.s. prisons,the choice is yours.
Do not place importance on the president being black.
He won because he is capable of running the country.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 2:46 am ET

Hillary clinton for president.Monica Lewinsky for vice president.

And um,the senate still needs to be figured out.Gotta call rod bagelvich to get some guidance.

Rita   January 19th, 2009 4:02 am ET

Larry, the statement was made on your program that your panel tonight represents America. All men? Another showing on how women are seen as second class citizens.

Your live reporter and staff also selected a comment to read that was sexist. It was about Barack Obama's election showing that all men are created equal. Yes, right. All men are created equal. Maybe, some day, there will be equality for women. I hope it happens in my lifetime.

Sharon   January 19th, 2009 4:31 am ET

Ed I do not believe that you know the history of BLACK PEOPLE. You need to study the history as black people all over the world have struggled just to live. Black American have not had the same rights as White America. Black American today in parts of the United States are not free to live where they want to, drive through certain neighbourhoods or eat in certain resturants. I do not know what America you live in but the America I live in still has slavery,

Why is it that two individual goes for a job and the White person does not have the education the black candidate has however thewhite person gets the job. You have to walk in a black person shoes befofe you can say that black people has always had the same opportunities as everyone else for decades.

Larry King I love your show. Great Job, I am verry happy that Obama is our president and I know he will do his best to get this country together. Obama and his family will always be in my prayer. May the good loard continues to bless and keep them safe, God Bless America.............................

Delphine, the netherlands   January 19th, 2009 5:13 am ET





UJC from germany   January 19th, 2009 6:12 am ET

larry, am really sad coz i wrote a song for this inauguration but is bad i gat no chance of expressing my feelings through my song the moment my sadness increase was when i saw that the concert was titled" we are one´´ thesame title of my song"my tenure/we are one´´that i composed for this day of inauguration.

teri in ohio   January 19th, 2009 11:00 am ET

I am so disappointed in you Larry. Flight attendants are such a disrespected group. Yet, we are often daily heroes that are seldom mentioned. The recent crash on the Hudson. Yes, I applaude the pilot for searching the aircraft several times before he left and I applaude the landing. Still, you can believe that the FA's had searched the a/c for survivors before they left. And it was the FA's that got the rafts launced into the water. We are trained for that–always. Even thought water ditching is seldom as successful as this one, we train very well and seriously. We are always treated as waitresses in the air, and there is nothing wrong with being a waitress. However, our job is not passing out drinks and peanuts. Our real job is safety in all it's forms in the air. Heartattacks, childbirth, strokes, fainting, all things. And we put our life on the line whenever there is a crash. And still, we are never afforded the respect our job should have. We are shown as smart mouths, waitresses in cfmp's, and gun chewing little educated people. That is far from the truth. We are held at a high standard and flown like field slaves daily. If we are abrupt, it is usually because we are exhausted beyond belief. Still, if an emergency occurs, we are expected to perform. How about some respect, America. How about a thank you. Cabin crews have died with 911, and any other air emergency, still no one says thank you to us. I have flown this thankless job for 22 years and I still love it. And I will still risk my life to make sure everyone is off a disabled aircraft.

Alma jones   January 19th, 2009 5:14 pm ET

Obama and Michelle is like putting a mop, broom and dumpster in the White House, to do a clean sweep of the corruption, that I have witnessed all of my 71 years. I can hardly wait for the "clean aroma"

Alma Jones
Carson, CA

Gary Moton   January 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

It was Dr. Martin Luther King that brought to light "the dysfunction of an American Family", and it will be President Barak Obama that will help the American People to embrace the cure.

Tina   January 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Obama is half white has everyone forgotten?? It is good to have a half white and half black president shaing the divide. This whole inauguration has gotten way out of control. We have a new democratic president he is a man, despite his color white/black , I hope he can lead this nation into better times.

Charlotte   January 19th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

When talking about the price of this time in history, How do you put a price on what presiden elect Obama is doing?

Alex   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET


Donna W   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I'm very happy to see Mr Obama elected as president although I wonder why is it hardly mentioned that he is 1/2 white? All you hear is that he's least that's where the emphasis is. Maybe that's what makes him so unique...1/2 white and 1/2 black....that should make all people of both~!

Lia   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

If there is a huge cost, then someone is getting paid! Doesn't that help our economy? Don't ruin a historic moment because Bush rewarded the wealthy with tax cuts! Someone asked if he is the President or a King? He is a reflection of the desperation of our country and the rest of the world! He is a God sent. Be thankful!

Dennis Koehn   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Larry, thanks for your interview with Martin Luther King III. You were very astute at ignoring his mention of poverty and militarism as crucial aspects of Martin Luther Kings, Jr.'s agenda with America. You accurately reflect the denial of Americans.

Belinda   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

How much does the inauguration cost? Not $11.5 trillion!

Stacey   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Why is it that nobody has spoken of the fact that Barack Obama is biracial? ( and the son of a man from another country) . It seems all the media keeps commenting on him being the "first African American" to be elected rather than the "first mixed racial American"!Isn't this more meaningful...considering that this country was formed when many people from different countries came together to create this great country? There has been such concentration on the fact that Barack is black and yet no one mentions his being "black"AND "white". Truely an American. I am truely proud of the fact that we will inaugurate a man for all people tomorrow.

Viola Baskerville   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET


What a great time in American history! But please share with your audience and remind America that before Barack Obama and before Jesse Jackson, there was Shirley Chisholm who dared to run for President of the United States of America.

Bonnie   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

It makes me chuckle when I read comments about what this inauguration is "costing" the American people.

I'll bet no one cared how much Reagan or Clinton spent and I'll also bet it was a lot more than what this one is costing.

Sounds like a bunch of sour grapes are writing those posts. History is being made. Get over it.

Good luck to our President Barack Obama!

lynn maybee   January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

did anyone mention that white america in not in charge anymore...

Larry Biddle   January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I'm retired and voted for B.O. Why? The previous administration
embarrassed this country to the world. Voting for B.O. I felt was
a good way to say "We're sorry for the greed and corruption of
our government".

lynn maybee   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I am so glad that this day has come everybody is going to be suprised at the changes that are going to come.... Thank God.............
with the financial problems looks like we are in the same boat...

Ethel Coleman   January 19th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I am so glad to be able to witness this event in my life time. As a black American for the first time I feel the United States is truly UNITED. I see people of all races coming together to rally behind their President. He is going to need all the people to come together for our country. We have lost the respect of many countries. President Obama will get it back.
What a great time to be an American. E. Coleman, Willingboro, NJ

Diego   January 19th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Dear CNN Political analysts,

My name is Diego Arvelo. I have lived in Canada for the past 18 years. I Own a small business and when I opened that business 6 years ago the first thing that I hung on the wall is a picture of Dr King delivering his speech in Washington “I have a dream” And walking in every day for 6 years through the front door of that building, no matter what kind of day I had, every time that I looked at that picture it lifted my spirit and my soul… and it described to me that ANYTHING in life is possible. I struggled in the past with racism in the small town where I live… But nothing that those people could say to me ever broke my spirit or my soul… I kept working hard. And tonight sitting in my living room on January 19th 2009, and seeing this Miracle of Barak Obama being elected as the President of the United States of America is like always my dad used to say to me… you must keep an open soul… I am so proud that we as a people that we can come together and oversee the differences in our skin color… It’s like Abraham Lincoln said, “Every man is created Equal. Good luck Barack, from Ontario Canada.
Best Wishes,

Diego Arvelo

Davie   January 19th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

yes he is 1/2 and 1/2. But you know when you go black to don't go back! OB for 12 years!

aishadl   January 20th, 2009 12:54 am ET

@Jane – get over your sour grapes! People are excited because this is history. If you're not happy about it turn off your TV and wait until next week. But nothing and no one is going to kill this excitement! Besides who are you to say we don't deserve it?

Shezad   January 20th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Being in high school myself, I can honestly say that the young people of this nation are feeling a new hope coming to this nation. When Obama ran for presidency we would talk about it in our classes. A lot of people would talk about how great it would be if Obama were president. There would be talk about change in our nation. It was a great day when we found out that Obama won the election. I stayed on all night watching which states were won and lost.

Obama has brought together most of the young people like no other president has. This is a good year for us, for this nation. It is a good year for my generation. We've experienced history like no other, and that history had made this nation great once again.

We wish Obama well, and hope that he will lead us in a positive direction.

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