January 18, 2009

SPEAK OUT: What Does This Inauguration Mean To YOU?

Posted: 03:45 PM ET


SUNDAY UPDATE:  Your response to our question about Barack Obama's inauguration has been fanastic, so we're going to help the discussion continue!  We want to hear from YOU!  We'll be using your comments during Larry's LIVE show from Washington, D.C., tonight.  It's a special Sunday edition of "Larry King Live!"   As our nation says good-bye to one president and watches the inauguration of another we want to hear your thoughts - good, bad or otherwise - on what all this means to you!  COMMENT HERE!

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bigjoerice   January 18th, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Not a damn thing........ Its beginning to look like business as usual in Washington with deals and double talk replacing all that high flown Democrat campaign rhetoric.

Jan   January 18th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

There are no words. It feels just so right!

Jan   January 18th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

What it means to me is that we won't have to worry anymore. President Obama will do whats right for our country and all of us because we know that he has the intelligence that we can trust. We could not ask for more. We can relax in that security.

Laura Trznadel   January 18th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

I feel pride in my country for voting in the Obama-Biden administration. I look forward with great anticpation to the work that President Elect Obama and his administration do for this country inside and outside it's borders. I look forward also to the work that each of us Americans can do to bring this country back to the top economically, etc.

Lisa Jackson   January 18th, 2009 4:52 pm ET

Dear Larry,

I hope Obama's first official act does not dissapoint me and millions of folks just like me!

I voted for Obama and I understand that he is planning on breaking one of his campaign promises from the start.

NO TAXES for the MIDDLE and LOWER income citezens. Remember that?

A very small percentage of our nation's adults are about to be forced to shoulder the burden of funding the lion's share of the SCHIP (State Children's Health Innitiative) for the entire country with a new FEDERAL Tax on ALL Tobacco & Tobacco Products.

Smokers are NOT the only ones with children!

Additionally, the way the smoker-targeted taxes break down is VERY disproportionate.

21% of the nation's adults smoke cigarettes. The demographic of the nation's smokers is predominately middle and lower class income level.

2-3% OF this 20% are in a very low or poverty income bracket. These folks are laid-off workers, single parents and the very very poor who are hurting the most in our nation's current economic downturn. This very small percentage have turned to RYO/MYO (Roll Your Own / Make Your Own) tobacco products and actually spend the time to roll their cigarettes by hand.

THIS Proposed Federal Tax increase will ADD $6.12 – 12.60 per carton (read the fine print in the bill) to manufactured cigarettes, but an enormous $24.62 per pound to every US citizen's RYO/MYO Tobacco!! (These products RETAIL at $10 – $17.00 per pound now in the state of Pennsylvania.)

We can all probably agree that this innitiative SHOULD be funded. Most of us have children or grandchildren. We only object to a small fraction of the US population funding the Innitiative for the entire country.

Please bring this issue to the attention of your viewers. We should all have a voice. The Senate is due to reconvene on Tuesday January 20. Ask your listeners to phone their senators and make themselves heard.

Thank you and best regards,
Lisa Jackson
Smoker, hard worker and single mom.

Jill Lance   January 18th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

I feel so much pain a terrible blight
Because deep down inside me I just want to fight
To push and to pull the injustice unfair
Of consequences to actions that I cannot bare
My thoughts from within just want to cry out
Please stop all this madness, of this there's no doubt
That the end will come with a flicker of light
As bombs explode turning day into night
We hold the keys to a peaceful existence
If we just hang tough, and keep up resistence
To the ongoing struggles between the colors of man
Red, white, black, yellow, light brown, and tan
We're all one people with one beating heart
Yet we let all our differences tear us apart
We can end this insanity, I know that it's true
Whether you're Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or Jew
The pain that I feel, stirs deep inside
The anger and heartache can no longer hide
Our praying, and wanting, and needing, unanswered
Like a festering, necrotic, life threatening cancer
Untreated we wither, we waste til we're dead
And I scream and I yell, but it's all in my head
I remember the sixties, when change was abounding
Peace, love and happiness, our words were resounding
We wanted a world where all people could live
We opened our hearts, had so much to give
I'm sorry the plan has gone so akimbo
Our day to day living, is now stuck in limbo
I planted a tree to bring life from the soil
Now we kill men over nothing but oil
The truth is we messed up, we're over the top
And there's no turning back til that last oil drop
So please, hear my words, they're straight from my heart
Show kindness and love, it's a good place to start
And day after day, if we all hold this thought
Then maybe, just maybe, world peace will be wrought.

Good luck Mr. Obama, our hopes and support are with you.

Kerri Standing   January 18th, 2009 5:07 pm ET

I am so happy that Barack Obama will be our next President; after 8 years of Bush and his antics; we need someone with intelligence to help this country and it's people get what they finally deserve; ATTENTION!!

Doresa   January 18th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

I cannot remember when the entire world cared who we had for president. It shows the impact we have as well as our global responsibility
This will take us back to the 3 R's
RE covery
RE claiming
and most importantly
RE Uniting the States of America

Jan Bruner   January 18th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

It means goodbye to Bush and his big business cronies. I am hopeful for a change with Obama. He is stepping into some terrible situations, but I am praying that he can give America the change that it needs.

Sharon From NH   January 18th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

I am so excited to see Barack Obama becoming our new President! This country is in dire need of change and I feel he will become one of the greatest Presidents ever.

I am curious however, why is it everyone refers to him as "African American"... Do people NOT know his mother was White? I get annoyed that, that is all we hear about.. He should be referred to as the 44th president not the first "African Amerian President". He technically is not African American....His race should NOT even be mentioned.. You never hear past President's being referred to as for example the 43st White President of the US.. I wish people would stop using his color to describe him.

rosanne   January 18th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

why are people say that obama is the first black president if you do your history Andrew Jackson's father was black. so He is not the first black president

Chinedu   January 18th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

Larry, whats happen to my comments

Chinedu   January 18th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

America has spoken

American has told the entire world that all men are born equal.

Only In America.

America does not take the first only in bombing and invasion, they also take the lead in obeying God when he says "all men are born equal".

God bless America, protect president elect Obama, and guide him through out his administration.

Obama is man of the People no doubt.


Karen Morrison   January 18th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

I think it has a lot to do with hope. It's an amazing feeling to think that what we hope for might actually be fulfilled in his presidency. So many of us are filled with optimism. Our belief in the positive outcome for the country & the world will make the event of Obama's inauguration, the most inspiring, unforgettable, historic occasion of our lifetime!

Mary   January 18th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

Why wouldnt anyone not watch the most historical time in history? We should be proud to be an american and give Obama a chance before you think he will not be able to do good for us?

Lorraine Hines   January 18th, 2009 5:52 pm ET

The inauguration of Mr Obama means to me a new beginning for the world not just America. My soul wept as I watched in awe of this man, who could draw in the masses. I said to myself what manner of man this. He has been kissed and blessed by the right hand of God. My soul cries out for all those who went before him and paved the way black, white and brown folk alike. My friend Ruth is a Republican said that she would agree that God had lifted him up but for what purpose. I believe Maya Angelou answered it best "The race needed him. We the American citizens needed him. Our banks,automobile companies, our corporations and insurance companies needed him. The stock markets in Japan, China, France and Britian needed him. Our need was so great that it called him and he came. He was confident, intelligent ; including all and excluding none". He blew America a kiss and the world blushed now ain't that just amazing. se ,said sh

Mary   January 18th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

bush has done so much damage to the usa over the past eight years and now we have a new president to be here for us to straighten it out as best he can. Lets all give him the chance to help us out .

Richard O'Nyamwaro, A. J   January 18th, 2009 6:22 pm ET

The inauguratin means that the hopes and aspiration of the country have been achieved and people are witnessing history. It meams that people have spoken and spoken in a huge way and they are ready to face the future with confidence. Best wishes to President elect Obama, vice president elect Biden and the entire Obama team. Aim at doing big and urgent things first and leave the rest for your second term. As the saying goes, " Rome was not build in a day."

Ivy Stephens   January 18th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

This is a very special weekend for our country. I can't be their live (due to caring for my 90 year old mom) but I'm trying to catch every event on television. I was very disappointed to find out that if I did not have a cable box I could not view the free concert today at the Lincoln Memorial. I don't think that it is fair that HBO should had the exclusive rights to the concert, and all of us who could not afford HBO or don't want the channel in our homes have to be shut out of the celebration.
I will continue to watch but hope that all americans can be included next time.

Terry Dalton   January 18th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

I posted this once but misspelled something critical to it's meaning and am re posting.

President Obama's inauguration is making my response to a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. a reality.

“Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Life is not silent. On the other hand, life is challenging, fun, sad, and sometimes boring, but there is one thing that remains certain about all of these states of being, you have the ability to change each and every one of them if you respond. According to Mr. King’s statement, silence does not work to overcome challenges, does not laugh when life is fun, and does not cry when life is sad. Instead, the silent listener is led by life and is never heard because silence does not facilitate a relationship with life.

Therefore, in order to live, challenges faced in life must be reciprocated between the challenged and the challenger. For example, Martin Luther King challenged what seemed to be life for an African American while managing to communicate his desire for all men to be free without violence or harsh judgment against others. Instead of working against those who challenged his right to total freedom, Mr. King worked with his oppressor toward an understanding of what was known by the challenged but kept secret by the challenger, all men should be free and considered equal.

Through Mr. King’s willingness to challenge what seemed like life for African Americans, he made possible the attainment of education, the right to drink from the same fountain, and the prospect of total freedom for future generations. Although Mr. King’s life was tragically taken, his voice is still heard many generations later, and his willingness to reciprocate what must have seemed like multiple challenges on a daily basis, managed to divide each problem until the solution equaled one, equality.


Anni   January 18th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

Inaugural day organizers say it is not possible to estimate how many people with disabilities will attend inaugural festivities. That's a little blurb I yanked from a recent article about access to the celebration.

Is anyone paying attention to this? Has anyone noticed that the Inaugural day organizers have made the absolute minimal attempt to make this event accessible for people with disabilities? Has anyone considered that by making this nearly impossible for people with disabilities to attend, that the very people for whom it really is historic, people in their 80's and 90's, can't even get to it? That an entire segment of the American people were not specifically targeted to ensure that they had access.

So what if that blurb from the Inaugural day organizers had said something like, it is not possible to estimate how many Women will attend inaugural festivities? Or maybe it would get more attention if they had said it is not possible to estimate how many Blacks will attend inaugural festivities.

Or maybe the inaugural celebration should have been held on a mountaintop. The organizers could have still made their little gesture by having ADA compliant bleachers put in but then said, it is not possible to estimate how many people who don't rock climb will attend.

Which brings up the question that if the federal government has no real interest in making more than a token stab at being inclusive and welcoming to the disabled community, why would anyone think they should be?

Maybe because it isn't YOU who was discouraged from attending.

DJ COLE FROM WISCONSIN   January 18th, 2009 6:57 pm ET


Lynne Burt-Jenkins   January 18th, 2009 6:59 pm ET

We, the People, have elected an intelligent, thoughtful, educated American man articulate enough to express himself in a way we can all understand, using the words we all believe in, and which he believes in. This man knows what it is to be An American. He knows what resonates with us because it is what resonates with him.

Some writers have expressed the sentiment that the American people have matured. Well, I believe most, not all, Americans matured many years ago insofar as accepting Black persons to be capable of doing a job they are called on to do. We have been shown the way by those Black Americans who did the job–the Tuskegee Airmen; Bernard Shaw and Eugene Robinson of the press; by Martin Luther King, Jr., and those who marched with him, like John Lewis and A. Phillip Randolph; by Louis Armstrong of the sweet trumpet and the sweet nature; by our beloved Jackie Robinson, hero of my childhood, who was a man, acted as a man, and stood up strong and proud for what he was–a truly fine ballplayer; by military men like Colin Powell, and the general who took command in New Orleans. There are so, so many more.

THESE are the people who, by virtue of their own behavior and dedication, have put the lie to the racist vilifications of small-minded people. It is THEY who have proven to be the kind of Americans we all aspire to be. It is THEY who have proven you should be judged by what you do, not by the color of your skin, whatever color it is. White Americans haven't cornered the market on patriotism, virtue and intelligence. That has been apparent for decades.

Barack Obama didn't get here by himself. But what an extraordinary man he is. We are very lucky that he has come along at this point in our history, when we need him so bad. He is standing on the shoulders of giants–of all colors. The American ideal is alive and well. Today, it is embodied in Barack Obama.

What is different about THIS man is that he's the whole package. That his skin is brown, well, so it is. So what? It's a normal human color. The big deal here is that the color of his skin DIDN'T MATTER. It didn't matter to me when I voted for him, and it won't matter in the end. It really doesn't matter. It is, to quote, MLK Jr., the content of his character. THAT is what matters.

We are asking an awful lot of this man. We need to put ourselves out there, too. This country was not built by wimps, and if we wimp out, if we don't let our legislators know that we expect them to put the country first, before private interests, if we don't work to make things better, then we will have let Obama down. After what he has brought to our table, can we do that?

liz from R I   January 18th, 2009 7:03 pm ET

do not mean to be rude Larry..will Bush begin drinking & smoking again..white house is smoke free but Pres/Mrs Bush are smokers...

Wayne Roland   January 18th, 2009 7:22 pm ET

I have a dream...I have a dream...Wait a minute! I just woke up and it's not a dream at all! God Bless America.

Go OBAMA!!!!! YOUR a HERO to ME!!!!   January 18th, 2009 7:39 pm ET

The question I ask is........would you want America to be the way it is now????? Some of you people think that it's all hype and that you don't know if things will change and for the better. Did everyone honestly feel that way after Katrina????? After everything that the United States has gone through did you feel that your last President did all that was to be done to help the people of your nation under stress????? There are a lot of actions that i don't agree with and i feel that a lot more should have and could have been done.
Obama even says " I will make mistakes but it's our responsibiltiy to do what ever it takes to help the people of our nation.
Stop thinking that this is just too over the top because it isn't.
Have some faith and trust that this intelligent being will do better than the last and make the changes that need to be done.
Ofcourse this doesn't take over night to change, you all should know that by now.
But believe when he says he is here for the people, believe that things will get better and knock it off with this's over played act.
Would you want things back to the way they were the past years and stay that way????
Atleast i can honestly look at this man and know that what he says is from his own thoughts and words and not a prompter or someone writing it for him. This man is well educated and knows the responsibilities that he faces within the time to come.
Think about all the disasters and fatalities that have occured these past years and could have been supported a lot more by the President.
Katrina was fatal as well as the world trade centre and I feel that if it were someone else in the hot seat things would have been delt with in a more positive way.
STOP with the negative words and embrace that this time has come for change in the most POSITIVE way.......You have no choice, this is your PRESIDENT......and I'm glad that he is!!!!!
Maybe now all of the American people can see a little bit of sunshine this year and a difference with a PRESIDENT that care's ABOUT ALL OF YOU FIRST OFF!!!!!
Just know now that when you look back to this day that this is the most positive outcome to ever be expected within the U.S!
Maybe now the woman and men who fight for your freedom and safety can feel that there is that person who will do what it takes to make things right!!!! Whether he be black,white,asian,etc.
OBAMA is the man and I'm sooooo glad that he won than the others that were in the election. He is meant for this and I have complete and utter faith in him and his co-workers that they will do what needs to be done to make this world a better and safer place!!!!!

Someone who is LOVING 2009 from Canada

Princetta Avant   January 18th, 2009 7:46 pm ET

Dear Patricia,

Thanks for your kind words but please know that I spent a weekend in training for Field Organizers given by the Obama for America campaign and I spent six weeks working in Parma, Ohio on the campaign from 9 am to midnight – 7 days a week, at my own expense. I am intimately aware of the "big picture". I am 61 years old with a bachelors degree in Telecommunications Management, a Masters in Information Systems Management and a Masters in Business Administration all Summa Cum Laude.
Yes like many others I worked hard on the campaign. I bandaged my feet with athletic tape because of all the canvassing I did. My knees hurt, my legs hurt, my feet hurt, my voice cracked. I had to take ibuprofen and aspirin when I got up in the morning for the pain and a glass of wine at night to relax. Why did I do it? Because it needed to be done.

But everyone who knows about motivating and sustaining motivation knows that an extraordinary committment requires an extraordinary reward. All I'm saying is that a special nod from the campaign would have been very much appreciated. Maybe a commemorative inauguration invitation (it didn't even have to be a real invitation) or some kind of acknowledgement that they understood the sacrifices I made. I spent over $1500 of my own money to work on the campaign and that's why I'm short on cash today. I wonder what people who gave $1500 in cash to the campaign got; Maybe a personal card of thank you from some one, any one. I know I made a difference. I don't need anyone from the campaign to tell me that. I was there but like all human's I want to feel appreciated and right now I don't.

I know President-elect Obama wants to reach out to all citizens but it would be a mistake to take supporters for granted. Our willingness to continue to organize is directly dependent on how we are treated. As proof I refer to the first sentence in your response: "Thousands of us worked on the Campaign For Change, and did not get an invite to the inauguration."

Well we should have.

alexis post   January 18th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

Hi Larry. Finally a voice that transcends politics and speaks to the universals of the human heart.

I received this email from a man in Israel. He had the chilling impulse to write it on the day before his son was wounded in Gaza. This is an English translation of the original.

Thank you.

To my soldier … and yours.

I'm the father
You're the child,
You're at home
And I protect,
I provide
And you are cozy in bed,
I hug
And you cuddle up.

'Cause I am the man
And you are my child
And this indeed is the way of life.

But all of a sudden it is upside down.
I'm still the man but you are too,
The order of the universe is changing all around.

I'm the father and you're still the son,
But now I rest at home while you’re the protecting one.
I’m in our warm house and you’re out in the cold,
You wage darkness while I sit in the light.

Only yesterday, my child,
We played pistols and guns,
They call it “paintball”, the game of fathers and sons.
And now again you play the very same game,
Only this time it's Life you play.

Your life
And mine,
The life of your mother and sisters,
The life of our homeland.
The life of all children
And their right to play dolls and balls
And the right to run with their father
In the "paintball" game.

My heart shivers with worry
But also swells with pride.
Outside I look peaceful
While boiling inside.

And the barrage of news in the background
As I try to keep abreast
Of the jumble of nonsense
They seem to report.

And I pray to the Lord wherever He is,
“Please return in well being my child
And restore my privilege to be the defending one.”

Dedicated with love to my soldier … and yours.

Woody McBreairty   January 18th, 2009 8:06 pm ET

While it is historic, (I never thought I'd see a black president in my day), and I have the greatest of faith and hope that Barack Obama will do great things, this inauguration means the most to be because it represents the departure of George W. Bush, who I consider not ONE OF but THE great presidential disaster of American history.

Cecilia   January 18th, 2009 8:13 pm ET

Mr. King.
Words cannot describe my feelings about the events unfolding. I never believed it would happen. However, I am so disturbed that the Inaugural Concert could not be heard except on HBO – and to discover that it was the Inagural Committee who sold the rights. This is not a great way to begin the Administration of Hope and Change.
I cried the day I voted for President Elect Obama in the primaries, in the general election and all day today. I expect Tuesday will be overwhelmingly emotional. But I am still upset about the exclusive rights sold to HBO – this election belongs to the people
thanks for listening

nancy strong   January 18th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Why do we as tax payers have to pay HBO to see the entertainment during the inauguration? I thought we had liberty and justice for all.

Randee, San Francisco   January 18th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

I'd almost forgotten how proud this country can make me feel inside. I once again am be proud to be an American. Thank you Barack for reminding me and many others what that patriotic love of country feels like. I had forgotten. God Bless you on your journey.

Rev. Carolyn Johnson-Essex   January 18th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

Proud to be an American looking forward to some amazing changes for America.

woogychuck   January 18th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I'm confused by Obama's intent for bringing in Gene Robinson. His involvement was clearly a response to the backlash of choosing Rick Warren, but he was snubbed in the telecast. His invocation was given too early to be the broadcast and he was not on stage with the other speakers at the end.

What message does this send to Chrisitan liberals and the LBGT community?

Albert Killackey   January 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

This inauguration goes beyond the oath of office, required by Article II, Section 1, of our Constitution. This inauguration will demonstrate to us, and to the world community, what can happen when a people work, study, explore and march into wars together as one - equal respect. In brief example, since our Country began there has been no wars fought by the United States in which African Americans did not participate. African-American astronauts have traveled to space and have died there along with their fellow Americans in the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia. America's male and female heroes, over the centuries, have roots in all seven continents. This inauguration will underscore the power of America's example of “Free Democracy” to the peoples of the world that we can ALL live in peace, equality and with respect for each other when you “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,…”. Indeed, a person can be elected President of the United States of America based upon the content of their character. This moment in human Social History, when Liberty shines the path to global unity, is as significant as the “Shot heard round the world” (Political History) and the “Giant leap for mankind” (Scientific History).

maria   January 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry King just referred to Barack Obama as "a black". None of his guests however have echoed the term, they are all using the term African American. "a black" is as offensive as the following terms: "a white", "a jew".

I am pretty sure that Larry King means no disrespect but it does raise the question as to whether there may be some subconscious lack of respect. Again, I do not think so, but it does raise the question.

Sunday 18, Jan 2008

David Mapes   January 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Barack Obama has already delivered on his promise.

Christine   January 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Larry, the question is CAN YOU DELIVER? Barack Obama is asking all people to meet the challenge, use their talents, give of their gifts.

Romancandle   January 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

May we all pray for our new president to be inaugurated this week as President Barack Obama, 44th President of The United States of America.

Please pray that our new president will embrace "CHANGE". May he awaken to a change of heart, mind, and soul.

May he embrace the sanctity of human life.

May he recognize the value of the conjugal family, that humanity reflects as the framework that holds our great nation together.

May God watch over our new president and protect him from all adversity.

Cynthia Mckenna   January 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Dear Larry,
There was a lot of media attention about the Right Reverend Gene Robinson giving the invocation for the celebration at the Lincoln memorial.

HBO did NOT air the invocation. Was this censorship? I doubt anyone would consider cutting the broadcast of the invocation by Rick Warren on Tuesday.

What's going on? This seems wrong to invite him but not include him in the only broadcast available.

Kimberly Ewers   January 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

It is an amazing to see how much power we have as a nation to make a change, when we inspired and united. Although we should all keep in mind that he is not a black man alone, he is our first inter-racial President. Why is everyone saying he is black? Having a Black father and a White mother does not make him black. Are we not a melting pot and he is proof of that. That is what makes me proud to call him our new President. He can truly relate and inspire all, not just one.

Sandra   January 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

" Inspiration" President Elect Obama has inspired me and so many others in ways beyound words, This was the first election that my Mom ( 72 years old ) has ever participated in. She told me that this was the first one that she felt was important enought. She felt that Obama could make a change for the better. We have been inspired as a family to work together as a whole, to make this world a better place for ourselves and for others.I am blessed and there is so much that I can do to bless others.........

Robert Toombs   January 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I was watching the show this afternoon from the the memorial in Washington. The reporter said that they would like to show the performers performing but that they had agreed not to as the Obama committee had sold the rights to it. WHAT IS THIS. I am a supporter of President Elect Obama but it is beginning to look like the only one being helped is him. All the coins, vidio's and other material being sold on TV. He's getting richer and richer while we continue to struggle to paid our electric bills. It looks like it has all gone to his head quickly. Hope that he does more to put the people first after Tuesday. Right now it appears it is business as usual, How much can I make off this.

Yvonne   January 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I had the opportunity this evening to watch the "We Are One" special. As I sat here with my 3yr old grand daughter I realized my conversation with her was so different from when I use to watch different shows that excluded Blacks. I was so proud to stand in my livingroom with my hand over my heart singing the National Anthem. I feel like I've been on a long train ride and finally it's stop and now I can get off and be part of America.

Star80   January 18th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

You know what this means to me? ILOVE AMERICA..ILOVE AMERICA.

Glenn Cunningham   January 18th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

With how Obama carries himself and the respect he has, will the "money people" on wall street and large corporations have a rethink of how they handle themselves and their companies?


Mark Borsenik   January 18th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I voted for him; and I do have great hope that he will be able to deliver on many fronts that he has proposed,

Jane - WI   January 18th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Obama's inauguration means nothing more to me than the inauguration of any past President. until Mr. Obama actually accomplishes something, he is just like any other President. Nothing more, nothing less. The constant stressing of his black half while ignoring his white half is getting a bit tiresome. mr. Obama is just as white as he is black. It's time the media focus equally on the white half as they have been fixated on the 50% black. It seems we have a Paparazzi in Chief rather than a President. Have the cable networks spent this much time covering any other inauguration? It doesn't occur for 2 days yet. Why this over the top and never ending coverage so early? And why not the same coverage as we saw for George Bush's last 2 inaugurations?

Penny Pressley   January 18th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

With the economy in the mess it's in right now, how can he justify the $150 Million being spent on this inauguration? He said that the people were going to have to tighten their belts. I think he needs to heed his own advice. This could go toward the bailout money they are throwing around to everyone except the american people.

anna   January 18th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Watching your coverage from the west coast of Canada we share your excitement. While understanding how truly historic this event is in regard to the first african american president we feel you are missing the story about how the rest of the world feels.
We too feel Obama's message of hope. We too have had 8 years of the Bush administration affecting us in ways that most americans have no idea of. We look forward to re-establishing our true friendship with our next door neighbor.

Mohamed   January 18th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

To build a house strong you need a good foundation. You built a house on a weak foundation, what happen? It will crumble in time. The same principal applies. We the people are the foundation in this economy if the people are financially strong the economy will be strong.

Why is the government trying to bail out the banks and auto makers with the tax payer’s money when they don’t give a damn about the people? The banks have a license to rob the people with their ridiculous interest rates, they claim they are in financial trouble, yet the CEO’s are getting ridiculous bonus and there lavish parties.

If the government wants to make this country strong they need to give that money to the tax payers. That will fix the recession; the money will go back into the system not the CEO’s pocket. This will bail out the banks; auto and every other institution in the country and the government will still have change left over.

Robert R.   January 18th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

The Inauguration is an event I thought I might never live to see, so it is huge for me. However, I am very disappointed that HBO was allowed to "buy" the Inauguration concert and only available to cable subscribers. It did not allow all Americans to see the show as Obama indicated.

lianne   January 18th, 2009 9:24 pm ET


kathy brown   January 18th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I was so happy to look forward to the great concert today only to discover it was not available to us because we do not have HBO.
I thought thiswas for the people of our country. I'm dissapointed.

Cathy   January 18th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Hi Larry, It's hard to put into words how proud I feel at "this moment" to be an American. I am so proud of our country and I am so proud of Barack Obama. I finally feel, as many Americans do, that we finally have a President that understands the gravity of the situation in our country, who understands what it means to worry about your job, your home, your children. He is someone I trust to lead us out of this chaos and into a future full of great possibilities. I know it will not happen overnight and it will not be without hard work and sweat, but so does he. He is exactly what our country needs, CHANGE. I want him to know that North Carolina is proud tof him and I am proud to have elected him as our next President. God Bless him, Michelle and their daughters. We stand together as one country, united.

gayle mc.   January 18th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

The power in Barack Obama to inspire us is a rare gift.His eloquence, his demeanor, his calmness has "soothed" a wounded nation.He sees our pain and he knows that we need a leader we can have faith in.I believe that we can begin to heal our wounds and the worlds,simply because he has the power to bring out the best in us.We are ready for a renaissance,don't you think?

Linda   January 18th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am already disappointed with the new administration. I don't see any change in the way things are done. Timothy Geithner cheated on his taxes and is being rewared. The mistakes he made are criminal in nature punishable by fines of up to $250,000 and prison sentence of up to three years. If he doesn't know the tax code, how can he run the IRS? Where is the equality of justice in America? I know people who served time for making mistakes on tax returns. This guy is going to run the IRS! There is no change coming to Washington, it's the same old politics as usual. Aren't there any honest people who are qualified for these jobs? He will get confirmed because the senate is also a bunch of cheaters, they just have not been caught yet.

lianne   January 18th, 2009 9:28 pm ET


Mara   January 18th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Hi Larry – I watched CNN the whole day – didn't even change the channel yet to watch football playoffs but I was very disappointed that the concert wasnt broadcasted for all to see. That was sort of weird. Some people such as myself do not have HBO and thought that I would be able to watch it on the regular channels. That was a huge disappointment but anyway I really enjoy your show, can't wait for Tuesday. I also think that the story they did earlier about Michelle's roomate was really dumb because this woman is going on television after all these years to say that her mom didn't want her to room with Michelle because Michelle was black? That is so stupid. What is she hoping to accomplish by saying that on National Television after all these years?

lianne   January 18th, 2009 9:29 pm ET


Jane - WI   January 18th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Stevie Wonder talked about the "haters", and then said we all need to work together. I wonder if Stevie said anything the past 8 years to his fellow haters out in Hollywood who suffered with Bush Derangement Syndrome? It's funny how all those who have been haters for the past 8 years now suddenly want everyone to just get along and give Obama a chance - the same chance they refused to give to President Bush.

Elizabeth   January 18th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

The election of Barack Obama, in addition to all his qualities that will make him an excellent president, also means HEALING for America. That is why people cry when he speaks.

Cassandra   January 18th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Hi Larry, I'm so proud. I have been glued to the television watching CNN since Friday. I make time to shower only. Then back in front of the television watching CNN. Go Obama......Go Obama.....America loves you.

Jane - WI   January 18th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The cost of this inauguration is staggering. With our economy the way it is and our country being at war, how can obama justify this over the top coronation process? I recall that some Democrats and the media took George Bush to task for his inauguration 4 years ago. Those same folks now are suddenly silent about Obama's party which is the most expensive in history. could it be because he has a "d" after his name that the cost and appropriateness suddenly don't matter?

Deborah Hartogensis Godden   January 18th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I have been voting since the 1960 Kennedy election. As I look back, I realize that I have never looked with such huge hope and enthusiasm for an incoming President as now with the inauguration of Barack Obama. His term starts at a terrible time - in this country and around the world; the expectations are enormous. But I am filled with positive emotion. I know that in great part his success will be up to the support and participation of all of us. My hopes for the ability of my country to fulfill its potential are high.

nancy alder   January 18th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Why was the entertainment bought out by HBO which you have to pay for or belong to...that is a statement against Barack's philisophy. There is many of us out here that usually hear the entertainment., this is the first where it has been sold out to a company where you have to PAY???? Strictly, against Obama policy, where the people are included??? Are We going to get to ever see the entertainment.??? I am truly shocked that HBO would not share with everyone??? Thank you as this is an election for ALL people...some do not have Hbo????? AsK Obama since he is supposed to be for all people, not only the ones that can afford HBO...,I am shocked! But, I did go way out of my way to vote for Barack! And Good Luck him and his family//just can't figure out this omission of the entertainment???? N. Alder Of course the inauguration is of history and fantastic, I just see a discrepancy in not sharing the entertainment. N.A.

Carol   January 18th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The people has spoken and voted but we are still Not there yet, but i hope that we can use what we have learn and put it to use to make a better american.

Nico Kelly   January 18th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

This inauguration reminds me of a thousand things. America has proven that character and not color is the determinant factor of who a person is. I see so many people rethinking their potentials and seeking to fit into society.
God bless America and its new president, Barack Obama

Jane - WI   January 18th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Jan Bruner -- So it's goodbye to Bush and his "business cronies".
I guess it's hello to Obama and his "big labor and trial lawyer cronies".

Jeanne Basone   January 18th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I see Barack Obama as a great human being, he is kind and genuine. I am proud to call him President Obama. I have never been so proud to be an American!


Barbara   January 18th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I'm currently watching as Stevie Wonder is on. I am about the same age as Stevie, in fact the first record–a 45–the first record I purchased with my own little allowance money was 'Little' Stevie Wonder, 'Fingertips". while all of my friends were buying the Beatles. I never quite fit in.

I was always a volunteer from the age of 14, while everyone else was hanging out. I left home at 18 years old and joined the efforts of the United Farmworkers Union as a boycott volunteer–in Newark New Jersey–I think I fit in better there then at home, although some of the volunteers, like me, were the only white folks in our neighborhood. We were essentiallly community organizers, spreading the word of the lettuce and grape boycott–getting room and board and $5.00 a week.

I put myself through college, always was involved in politics, feminism, community work, up to and including this point. I worked hard for Obama's election even before the Pennsylvania primary. I am currently, and forever disabled, but I do what I can. I plan to further volunteer through USA Service, energized even more by Mr. Obama's push for volunteerism, political activism and social service. Finally, I do feel like I belong!!!

Madison C   January 18th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Larry, I love your show, and I'm so excited about President-elect Obama's inauguration!!! I would like to comment on John King's coverage on the era of Jim Crow in the south, Greenwood SC!! As an African American, I can remember living through this dreadful time in history and all the pain that came with it. John King's coverage was wonderful, perfect timing, as covering this era could shed some light on why this election means so very much to African Americans. Maybe people of all races could see 'some' of what blacks went through, and why having a black president was by far, only a dream to most. This election is so incredible, I can't stop crying!! It would be wonderful if CNN would cover the George Wallace era, along with Jim Crow. Thank you and God Bless!

Bridget   January 18th, 2009 9:40 pm ET


I have always been an optimistic person but I never knew that we can ever have a black president in America. Every thing is possible indeed. I get emotional every time I see him on TV and that tells me that all the people that they show crying when they see him is real. This is a wonderful experience in our time.


Michae Milner   January 18th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Can President Obama deliver? When I hear Obama say "WE have to work hard" he is not just referring to himself but to ALL Americans. He says that mistakes will be made that WE have to stand together to make change work. The people who have the opportunity to see this landmark Inauguration and feel the energy behind this momentous occasion will have to be the same people who stand behind him to make the change and BE the difference. Good luck to the USA. We are behind you.

(Windsor, Ontario, Canada)

Janistasia   January 18th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

It means that low income familys will have health insurance for their children. Women may not have to put off their breast cancer surgery because of insurance reteric. It means that women will be paid equally for the work they do. It means that we as americans can no longer sit out and compain. We must get involved with our local governments, and now it will be easier and more inspiring to do so. That is what it means to me.

JEN   January 18th, 2009 9:43 pm ET


Nikki Maxwell   January 18th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

This Inauguration has meaning for EVERY American; because Mr. Obama stands for ALL people; no matter what your race, ethnic background; gender or color. I have faith in this man, but he alone cannot do everything. We, the people, need to be accountable, be patient and have trust that things will turn around. Things ALWAYs get better, but it is how we handle the bad things that make us stronger. We will have a strong leader to HEAR us and we need to LISTEN to him. Congratulations Mr Obama!

Mary Kangas   January 18th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I am so happy that someone has finally taken office that has brought the "great divide" between black and white together! I can see it happening everywhere, even in my small Iowa Town where it all started. White and black are looking at each other differently – in both directions and it is a wonderful thing that Obama has done already and he is not even in office!

Kerry   January 18th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I am a 44 year old Grandmother. My 5 year old and 3 1/2 year old Grandkids are white, my 3 year old, 2 year old and 3 week old Grandkids are half black. When my first two Grandsons were born 6 months apart, one white and one bi-racial, I realized that they were not born on a level playing field simply because of their skin color. I'm so thankful that now I really can tell all of my Grandkids that they can be anything they want, even President of the United States. My Father had basically turned his back on us because my Daughter married a black man. Once he became an avid Obama supporter, he realized that he couldn't be for one bi-racial man and turn his back on his bi-racial Great Grandkids or their Mother and Grandmother. I'm so thankful to be living in America where YES WE truly CAN overcome anything and move towards being an even more enlightened nation.

Michelle   January 18th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Hopefully, it means a new beginning. I know everything can't change overnight, but maybe we have a President who will actually do what he said he would do.

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 18th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Wow, based on what I am reading here there are many high expectations for Obama. He can never deliver all that he promised.

I wonder how people will feel when those promises go unfulfilled.

After Bush there really is no place else to go but up.

GABY (Montreal, Canada)   January 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Watching your show. Who is paying for all these celebrity balls/events?

All I see is celebrities meeting President Elect Obama. Where are the regular lay people who voted for him? Why aren't they invited too.


Uso   January 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Let's not forget Michelle Obama because behind every successful man stands a strong woman and by watching some of the interviews of them together you can see that Michelle is a very strong, intelligent and successful woman herself. Plus, she's gorgeous and has a great sense of style.

Angela   January 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I don't know how the media and others continue to speak of Barack like he is the next FDR or Lincoln.

The only staff Barack is picking up is Bill Clinton's rock star status. Bono, Beyonce and the Boss? Big Whoop. The whole thing reminds me of Live Aid 20+ years ago and oh look, people are still starving in Africa.

Come next week, it will be the same big business lobbyists running the country to the ground and begging for bailouts.

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better and the only thing I am seeing this weekend is Barack getting caught up in Hollywood Glamour....

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Why should we care about the special treatment the celebs are getting? I thought Obama was supposed to be "the people's president."

DeeAnna Edens   January 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

OBAMA = Oh Beautiful America, My America

Chuck Kredensor   January 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Mr. King,
Do you have any idea why Bishop Robinson's prayer was not televised with the We Are One concert today? I was very disappointed that it was not shown.
Thank you.

ravi   January 18th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

This inaguration is very important to my family. We are proud to see an african american become president. We know that these four years are going to be an extreme change!!

Lawrence Chatters From Nebraska   January 18th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

This day of inauguration proves the promise of nation. The importance of this time and this place gives way to eternal and endless space in the minds of millions. Our nation must change their minds and dig deep into their souls to find agility, ability and potential possibility to overcome adversity and strive for diversity. The past years of struggle, blood, sweat, and tears have found a place to temporarily rest here on this day at this moment to pause for posterity. This day of inauguration proves the struggle of a nation. The stingy pages of the history books that have seldom given our faces a second look have been put on notice. Change is coming to a bookstore near you my friend. And change has come to the storybook that is America. The annals of time must open their mind to understand what has happened here. Out of the shadows came a figure that embodies the American Dream and dashed the fears of our ancestors that this nation would not live up to its creed. This is a special day, not just a Tuesday. This is a, you can be what you want to be and do what you want to do day. As Malcolm and Martin smile, Kennedy and Lincoln turn away from their work for a while. The sun shines brightly and Fredrick, Medgar, and Harriett clench their fists tightly. The fight is not over, they think to themselves, but perhaps this battle could not have been won by anyone else. The blood of the motherland and the blood of the heartland. Flowing through the veins of one man. This day of inauguration proves the tolerance of a nation. As people of all shapes colors and sizes came together and struggled to form the coalition that brought this day to fruition, students left home knowing that their folks could not afford their tuition. People cried suffered and died. But no one can take away our hope and assurance. What does the inauguration mean to me? Everything! Vindication that our nation has made progress and will continue to do so. Assurance that the blood of countless slaves, freedom fighters and soldiers on Gettysburg battlefield was not spilled in vain. Due inspiration from the words penned by our forefathers so long ago, and a more vivid understanding and realization of Martin Luther King’s Dream. This day in not just the 20th Day of January it is the birthday of possibility, hope, and change. As he stands to put his hand on the good book that helped to shape his life. We put our hands out to receive the keys of yes we can. My four-year-old daughter can go to sleep at night and enjoy her vivid dreams of one day being president of these United States of America. Yes, we could, can, did, and will continue to never stop dreaming about endless possibilities, heroes of our time, and prospects of our future. The World has smiled with this momentous occasion on the horizon. I only hope to be one of millions there on that day as the ink of time slowly begins to dry on the pages that are our history.

Mwangi Muriithi   January 18th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

In short, this inauguration to me means a shift in perception, a progression towards the very foundation this great Country was predicated on, which is the fair and equal opportunity to pursue the American Dream. In essence, this inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama is the fruition of what Martin Luther King's Speech was several years ago, except redefined.

Sidney   January 18th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

There won't be a Bush in the White House!

Celia Eckert   January 18th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Obama and what he's brought to the people, hope, has made me the most inspired I've ever felt in my fourteen years of life.

Deborah Stonehouse   January 18th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I remember dogs and waterhoses being turned on black americans and our allies in the civil rights struggle. I remember being afraid to travel to the US South. What a difference some 45 years later. God bless America and God bless our new president and his family. WE ARE ONE.

MaryInNC   January 18th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This inauguration gives me hope for our future. I'm so impressed with Obama's youth and energy, his calmness and thoughtfulness, and his willingness to surround himself with people, as he puts it, "who will challenge my thinking." I'm taking the day off from work on Tuesday because I don't want to miss a moment of this wonderful day. I pray that Obama and his family stay strong and be safe. Our country is now in your hands.

George D.   January 18th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I don't understand the producers choices for this panel, I understand James and Kevin, but why the actor whose fame comes from movies where they smoke pot and coin terms like MILF. Do you think we are all that stupid?

el   January 18th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Hello Larry

This means there is HOPE for every minority in every country of the world!

Watched John King's new show this morn, saw Carvelle there. It's been a long day for him!Did he have a nap?

Diego Cardenas   January 18th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I have flown across de country with my 12yr old daughter and 60+ yr old mother. I am doing this for 2 main reasons...

1. To thank my mother for giving me the opportunity that she did in this country as an immigrant and now a US citizen.
2. To show my daughter the POWER of the USA, where anyone can become someone in this large nation.
3. To absorb part of the Positive energy that is being generated in D.C. so I can be a change agent back in California.

Lucie   January 18th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

This inauguration takes me back 205 years when first black Republic(Haiti) became Independent. I am happy to be able to see first hand history repeat itself. and be part of it.

Marla Mack   January 18th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

hi larry and gang. i am a 51 year young african american from phila. pa. i enjoy watching your show. this inaugration has now made me feel like i am an american and proud to be on.

Trishauna Blackwood   January 18th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

What this inauguration means to me is a change and a big difference. We have been waiting for this day to come for so many years now its finally here. I always say that i wish i was old enough to had voted so i could be apart of making history because im only 16, but luckly that im apart of history. This is one of most important things that could have happen in today's history, to have an African American as a president, its just phenomenol to me. And i will be talking to my kids and grand-children about this years from now. once again this was just an astonishing moment for me, very HISTORICAL...its just unbelievable... its so many things that i can say about this but i guess this is enough..Oh and i LOVE the OBAMAS and the BIEDENS....

Barbara Johnson   January 18th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I served in John McCain's squadron in the 70s and believed that his leadership was needed in 2000. Only 8 years later, our country achieved an unexpected maturity. I would have been embarrassed to have another white man with gray hair as our President. It would have said that whites are governed by whites and blacks are ruled by whites.

Jan   January 18th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

That anyone who has a work ethic and unconditional love can become whatever they wish. I would be curious to know if all the stars who performed today identify with Obama because he came from nothing and worked his way to where he is today. There was not family money or legacy; just his passion, work ethic and love. I identify with that and I think millions of others do as well. He is a symbol and the embodiment of all of us who became more than we ever thought we could be.

Lanora Bousfield   January 18th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

The inauguration means everything. I am so glad to be alive during this awesome change that we all have waited so long for. Finally the people speak and we WANT CHANGE.

thank you,

Shelann   January 18th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I am hopeful. How could the majority not be hopeful having experienced the Bush years. 'it can't get any worse'. Yes, I am hopeful.

Susan from Georgia   January 18th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

How hopeful I am that Barack Obama will set the stage to help eliminate the hatred that abounds in our World. Hatred that starts in many a living room right here in the USA.

Arun Simha   January 18th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I came to America from India with an idealism much like Barack Obama about 20 years back. This idealism was nurtured from a very young age in our school where a picture of John F Kennedy was hung. I realized the enormous good that a powerful nation such as the USA can bring to the world through its ideas.

I was a little appalled by the degree of politics within the country that seemed to defy everything I had come to admire.

I feel that Barack brings that connection to everyone and will help the country and the world as a whole come together. I'm looking forward to the wonderful opportunities it will open up to everyone through good policies.


Dr. Johnnie Lee   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I was born in the segregated South in 1963 several months before Dr. King's March on Washington. I have seen and experienced many things in my life which caused me to be proud to be an American. The election and inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama, however, is undoubtedly the most glorious event of my lifetime. As I watch this unfold from my home in Connecticut on Inauguration Day, I shall evoke the presence of my ancestors who are celebrating with us in Heaven!

Lynda   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I'm a product of the 50's and Nov. 4th was a day I thought I would never live to see and now to be a part of History, I can't put it into words my deepest thoughts. My prayers are with our President-Elect Obama, his family and I also pray that God will give him all the wisdom he needs to do the job that is required of him and I pray America will work with him and not against him.

Hanzila   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The election and inauguration of Barack Obama is an opportunity for America to become her best self. Imagine the playing field in America being as level as possible so that the best in all of us can rise up and make this country one of which we can all be superlatively proud to be citizens! Just watch what the grassroots will do in the coming months and years alongside this President!!

Barbara Culmer   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

this election and this day means that ameica is finally growing up

Canadian Commentary   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am so impressed with Barak Obama! I just read his book, Audacity of Hope and I am convinced that he is a very smart man and will be a great leader for the US and the World. He will lead America better than any other President in my lifetime. Congratulations to the Americans for electing this man!

Kim Driever   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

We are from Canada. We did not have the special opportunity to vote for a historical event as the swearing in of a new African American President. We send the new President Obama our warmest and heartfelt congratulations. They will all be in our prayers that they can rule the country with peace. We are also overwhelmed with emotions.

Kim S. Driever
Waterloo, Ontario Canada

Mary Martinez   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I'm ecstatic with Barack Obama. I even switched my work day on Tues. to make sure I'm watching the whole Inauguration. Every time I see him and that smile, he makes me smile back. Love you Barack, Michelle and family.

Vince Cawley   January 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I have lived in one of the "Redest" for the last 4 yrs...I took down the Christmas decorations today and put up two (2) American Flags ... GO OBAMA ... Thank You Sir ... the Great State of Idaho ...

Leon Banks   January 18th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I think this inauguration sets a standard for americans, and makes a statement to the world that we are a nation of opportunity and integrity. We are able to look further than that which our eyes can see and walk out on faith. It's a moment to reflect on not where we come from, but where we are headed. That we are capable of choosing the diplomatic and construct solution and the destructive one. The rest of the world has to look and listen and not be afraid of our position about the world and all of it's people. This raises the bar for black men and sets a higher standard of hope for use all.

Beatrice   January 18th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Hello Larry, I would give my life to save the President Elect so that he can be there for the American people and I am not even an American.
But what about the poor Americans who want to see it all from home and cannot afford HBO
It saddens my heart for this and I guess I 'll be only seeing some of tomorrow's joy. I still love America and the President Elect.
A mother never stops loving her childrem and I am a mother of 5 adult children. God bless America and her children.

Karla   January 18th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

For the first time in 8 years i'm very optimistic about the future of our country. its nice to know that green technology will be our main Ingredient our world needs a real leader

Camile Short   January 18th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

To me this inauguration means that we can finally be a nation of one. A united nation. This country is no longer a nation of color. This inauguration is telling the children of this country and of this world that they can be and do anything as long as they believe in themselves and put their heart into it. It means that we can have a new beginning in a new age. God has opened the door, now it is time for us to walk through it with our heads held high and joy and faith in our hearts and the pride to be Americans.

chandra in houston   January 18th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

It's absolutely refreshing to see innocence, truth and most importantly – HOPE! Our country has the opportunity to witness a rebirth of Democracy. It's time for us all to stand up, hold ourselves accountable for our own future. Barak Obama is a wonderful beginning to our new world...and yes, we can!

Marla Mack   January 18th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

oops proud to be an american.

Charlotte Jack   January 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I am a proud Senior Canadian, and I am very proud to witness this Inauguration. Barak Obama is a man who will bring great positive change to the United States. This will also affect the future of us in Canada in a very positive way. I wish I could be there in person, but the emotion of the people is felt by those of us watching on TV. CNN is doing a great job in letting us meet the average American and how this has renewed hope in all of us that the future of these two great countries is bright. It is History in the making and I am proud to be able to witness it.

Betty   January 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET


Latoya   January 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The inauguration means so many things things to me not only is it a historical event but a change in direction which is what this country really needs I truly believe that the right person was chosen for the job overall I am truly blessed to see this turn of the century considering what my forefathers and immediate family members had to struggle with in this country. We have overcome in ways unimaginable.

troy heard   January 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

hi i am a black man from the deep south, hammond, la. I am proud just to be a afrian american. Never seen down here so much change. white people are now looking at us diffently right know. Thanks to this charge White america is know just knowing how good we are. We are not bad people but in the south we are look at as not the same. It is something changeing in america and it is great. The dream came truth and Thank God i was alive to see it.

Uso   January 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

To George D – I know right? What was up with that? LOL

Allyson Rosenberg   January 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I am the mother of 2 biracial children. My pregnancies were both unexpected as I was not supposed to be able to have children. 20 years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter, whose father was definitely what was then being called a BUPPIE, he told me I was being very selfish bringing a child into the world that would have to carry the burden of having a black father and white mother as she would never be fully accepted by either race.

At the time, and when as a toddler she would ask me why her dad was black and I was white, I would tell her what I firmly believed. That if she looked, her dad's skin was not black, and mine was not white. We were all just different shades of white.

Over the next few years, as she started to be left out as people found out her dad was black, I became very disillusioned and thought perhaps her father had been right.

My heart is so lifted on the eve of Barack Obama's ascension to the Presidency of the United States of America. Both of my children can attain any heights they are willing to work for.

happyin2009   January 18th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I know that the rest of the world will be as thrilled on Jan 20th as we in America will be so will you be airing reactions from other countries in this momentous celebrated hour in our history and the worlds history?
I feel the excitement just watching CNN's coverage and my heart is there......thanks so much for doing a great job!

Sandra Hewitt-Pearson   January 18th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I am so overwhelmed I am lost for words. I am 41 years old and never thought I would live to see an African American president. I have all the confidence that he will bring all the changes the world need. This Inauguration has captured my attention all the way!
Good Luck and God Bless Barack Obama.

Jane - WI   January 18th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

The new version of Ashford and Simpson's song "Solid As Barack" is yet another example of how insane these Hollywood elites are. do we have a President here or a king? The slobbering over Obama is nauseating, and seeing these rich hypocrites from Hollywood partying while the country is suffering is appalling. How much"health care" could be purchased for the "poor" with all the money being spent in DC this weekend? How many carbon footprints are being put into the atmosphere with the private jets being flown in by the global warming crowd?

Paula   January 18th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

This truly is a glorious moment, but why is everyone so surprised? The escalation of the African American male has been building for the last 40 years. From Dr. King, to Arthur Ashe, to Vernon Jordan, to Colin Powell and Tiger Woods, perceptions of black men have been slowly changing to positive, trusting figures equipped to improve American society. Was this calculated? You bet it was, by divine intervention out of our control...Consider this..."Many that are first will be last...and the last, first. What do you think?

Mare in Hollywood   January 18th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

It means we are ALL EQUAL and now we have visible results of that.
We have a man who will change up my hometown of Washington, DC.
It is beautiful. Makes me grin ear to ear. Beautiful.

Peter Jackson   January 18th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Great show Larry. I was just wondering..why does CNN always have to put a negative spin on everything? Why dont you just rejoice in the moment?
Thank you,

JEN   January 18th, 2009 10:02 pm ET


Tommie Gail King   January 18th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

My comment is what I am most excited to see is history in the making. It is a very important day for me because it will be my birthday. I will have the opportunity to see it in person. Barack Obama will be the 44th President and I will turn 55 years old on January 20, 2009. My heart is so full right this moment I am speechless. One of the students in middle school wrote.
"Martin Dreamt It, Barack Achieved It, We will Live it"

dave   January 18th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I get a little frustrated with the overwhelming reference to the "African American" president elect. He is after all the 44th President of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

GENAE   January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I am so proud to be an American, Barack Obama, has achieved something I never thought would happen in my life time. This Inauguration tells me that people are looking at character and not race.
God Bless America

Alecia J (NC)   January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

This is an amazing experience for me. I travelled to DC this morning via train with my mother. I have tickets to the swearing in. I am so excited. We've been downtown and the atmosphere is charged and I love it. I could not think of any better place to be here and now but in DC at this inauguration. I believe that this day will be talked about for years to come.

Vince Cawley   January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I live in one of the redest state's in this union ... GO OBAMA... Best of luck Sir ... IDAHO ... !!!!

Madison C   January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm ET


Marge   January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

This Inauguration means a couple of things to me;1.An opportunity to witness a new/different President of the USA. 2.The unification of America.

jerod   January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Mr. Carville as a democrate from Louisiana I was wondering when are you going to run for office.

Janet Farris   January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm ET


The question, "What does the election of Barack Obama mean to me" , has been posed so often and the answers have been so meaningful.

For me, as I told my husband last night, it means that I simply and purely want to know better and be a better person for that knowledge and because of those efforts I, like all of us, can change the world.

Sincerely and Proudly,

Janet Farris
Orland, California

Phil Lamb   January 18th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Talking about hoping to get a glimpse of the "A-List" in obscene at the inauguration of an American President choosen because he might speak for all Americans

Las Vegas   January 18th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

OMG Jane from WI you are so depressing...don't rain on our you're doing something to help the poor..relax let us be happy for once geez...we are a country celebrating this weekend be happy! You sound like a depressed and unhappy person! Celebrate or not..

Mike Mullins   January 18th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

The hearts of millions of Americans have been broken for so long. Now we have a chance to unbreak some hearts. Kal Penn gets it. We have to be ready to embrace a post "politics-as-usual" world. We also have to be ready to embrace a world where we can recognize color and persuasion without ranking and rating, and hear the ideas and dreams of our neighbors.

Alex, Chicago   January 18th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

It is an exciting historical event that the whole world will tune into...however, I struggle with all the coverage of the balls, parties and the such....In the economic times that we are in, maybe the president-elect should have acted similarly to what he preached for many the Wall Street companies and cut some costs around this event. Considering all the money expended to hold this event, it is just no right to spend like we have it! All that are donating could be offering their assistance to other causes to help this economy. We should have as a people ask to cancel the party afterwards...the coverage is starting to be reminiscent of the Oscars after-parties....excessive....

Daniel   January 18th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

It's impressive how much of a turmoil everybody's making. The simple fact that everybody's making a huge deal of a black man becoming president tells how much this country sucks regarding equality of people. If everybody were equal, then having blacks or whatever should be as natural as peeing or drinking water. Please excuse my bluntness and my language, but it does get on my nerves hearing things such as "we're telling the world how special we are as a country, where all men are created equal and blah blah...". I feel really strongly about this.

Rose Barbour / Albany, Oregon   January 18th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

It represents that hope does exist in the greatest country in the world. Together we have united and made history while sparking a contagious fire that everyone no matter what your stand can't help but be blinded by. Let's all unite and help our children and anyone that has the determination to climb higher than ever!! God Bless the United States of America!!

Alice Villarreal   January 18th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I just want to commend CNN for the wonderful coverage of the events taking place in preparation for President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. The professionalism, and unbiased coverage, yet pride in this Historic Moment, is appreciated. I have tuned in, intermittently, to Fox news and was immediately turned off by the biased, disrespectful reporting. As our priest reminded us during Sunday services this morning; “regardless of whether you like or dislike President-Elect Barack Obama, he deserves our prayers and our respect.” Perhaps the Execs at Fox should consider this and remind their reporters to show a little more respect in their reporting.
To the Execs at CNN, keep up the great work. Your team of professional reporters; Larry King, Anderson Cooper, John King,, bring this historical event right into the living room of those of us that cannot be there in person to experience “The Moment.”

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 18th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

If Obama wanted to pay tribute to the people who really elected him he would be filling those all important front row seats and inaugural balls with those people instead of the Hollyweird bunch.

The rich and infamous get to party at the expense of the middle class taxpayer. . . again.

Denise   January 18th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I'm a white woman in my fifties, and I remember 1966, reading "Black Like Me" and crying over man's inhumanity to man, and the lack of empathy and understanding in a country I always thought was the "land of the free". To me, Barack's inauguration brings an end to our sometimes shameful past and and a new beginning for our country where all people have a stake, and a voice, in our future and a reason to believe in the UNITED States of America.

Bilal   January 18th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Twice Americans are blessed to have the right person at the right time: Captain "Sully" Sullenberger leading US Airways flight to safety , and Barack Obama leading our country.

mudshark   January 18th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

What does this inauguration mean too me?
It means a new beginning for this country.
An opportunity to right all the wrongs committed by the Bush Administration. A time of healing and re building.
But I find it difficult when so many Democrats want President elect Obama to immediately pursue the Bush admin for crimes like the FISA bill and the Patriot Act. True these issues need addressing.
But first we need to get the economy fixed. That is the biggest priority.
I just get very tired of all the over this whining over FISA and such.
I'm sure this will be addressed in the not to distant future.
And to all those whiners out there. Give the man a chance to get started. He hasn't even been sworn in yet.
But I am proud of America. Americans can see past the end of their nose now. At least a majority of them.

Susan Cooper, West Linn, Oregon   January 18th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

"Finally, we are all drinking from the same fountain"..... someone said this recently on a talk show and it resonated with me like nothing else. I would like to tell our new President that the boy who felt he never belonged anywhere has finally found a home.... the White House. And the people of this country voted resoundingly to let you know that we all believe in you and are so thankful for you."

Taylor Kennedy   January 18th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I am excited for our country and everyone in it. President Obama is a wonderful role model for all Children all over the world. I am a single mom and my 7yr old daughter now knows without a doubt that she can do ANYTHING she dreams of doing. What a man...What an inspiration!!!

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 18th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Phil Lamb, I could not agree with you more!

Diane Van Schaick DiBlasi   January 18th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Well, as being a descendent of a family that has been here since the 1600 hundreds and being inspired to do my genalogy after the mini seris "Roots" I discovered that my descendents owned slaves, I was naturally surprised and kind of bothered by this fact. However it is part of history. This inauguration to me means a "NEW" America, I am deeply moved by the "change" to come and never have been more proud to be an American. I just wish I was able to watch the inauguration live this Tuesday, January 20th 2009, but I must go to work like so many other fortunate Americans these days. I have already set my VCR, yes, VCR to tape the Inauguration while I am at work for the day.
God Bless America Always and Forever.

darrell   January 18th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

i am most proud of the WE that i NEVER knew...THANK YOU AMERICA

Ian Farmer   January 18th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

The inauguration is bringing people together in hope, hope that America becomes once again the great country it used to be. The American dream has become a nightmare – on Tuesday we all wake up. An Englishman, in Charlotte NC.

ENOTS   January 18th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

It's (the inauguration) an overhyped Hollywood media production.

The inauguration doesn't matter. At the end of the day, the only thing that will matter are the polices and legislation enacted by the administration. Will the promise of "change" and "change they need" and "change you can believe in".... actually comes to pass? Will the "change" be for the the benefit of entire country the country. Will the "change" ensure the protection of our country? If not, all will have been overhyped and pointless.

P.J.KILLIAN   January 18th, 2009 10:12 pm ET


Jo Ann, Ohio   January 18th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

As I watched all of this pomp and circumstance this weekend I was reminded of the ending of "Primary Colors" where a woman at one of the inaugural parties turns to the new president and says, "don't break our hearts." We all know what happened after that.

sylvia lane   January 18th, 2009 10:14 pm ET


Herrie   January 18th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Now that our country is experienced the worst condition since the great depression and we all know that it will take sometime to climb out of it. Even though millions of us will face tough time a head of us but things will be a lot easier if you know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Life will be easier if you have hope that the sun will arise again. And Obama will give us that hope. And that I think if what we need now is the hope.

Wanda   January 18th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Not only does this mean hope for just us Americans, it is for all of our world citizens. It is wonderful because America has shown that everyone has a chance to succeed in this country.

We are challenged but with good leadership, we can meet that challenge with optimism, hope and courage.

Nam myoho renge kyo...

Margaret   January 18th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I was so moved to see Pete Seeger participating in the concert–he has been there since the beginning of workers' and civil rights struggles, and thank God he is still here at age 90 to see, finally, a very real possibility of justice at last!

Sharon From NH   January 18th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

To Dave.... Touche...I said that earlier on this comment page... Why keeping referring him as African American.... He should be referred as the 44th President of US.... PERIOD......

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 18th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I see they are censoring Larry's blog tonight.

Taylor K.   January 18th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

I am still amazed at how everyone still says Pres. Obama isnt Yeah the President Jackson guys daddy was black but back then who was gonna tell that "shameful" secret??? Funny...Had Obama robbed a store or killed someone, the description given would have been " a black male" BUT because he is the most powerful man in the world...He's not black he's mixed...his mother was white. Now people wanna claim the man...Too funny. Well Whatever he is to you, love him, pray for him, and stand behind him. MY President is Black.

Joe Carney   January 18th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

The views of the Mall tonight, this is America, the People of the world look on, and again we take the lead in providing a guiding light of peace,togetherness, and love of each other no matter the color or belief. We are one, we are America,, There is no other. With our guidance the world will start to turn that corner which Dr. King and the rest started and bring the world together with colorblind love, and we can all prosper in peace.

Geoffrey Saxton   January 18th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Barack Obama as President of the United States will provide an
opportunity for the Western World and the Islamic World to
come to a reconciliation.
In addition, while America got rid of slavery over a hundred years ago it still persists in many areas, especially Asia. The notion that
the West can uphold their standard of living at the cost of the poor in
the Third World has to change. The election of President Obama
could be a water-shed in that development.
In summary we should see a lot less hate and more love,

oneida   January 18th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Why can we all not enjoy this time in our history . All it's hope and promise of a better America for all of us and especially our chiildren and grandchidren. Unless we all strive and work for a better tomorrow together , we will not be able to change anything for the better!!!!!!

Deb in North Carolina   January 18th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

This Inauguration vindicates so much of what I have been through as an African American woman living in a country that has not always been kind to me or those like me. It validates me as an American and gives me reason to believe in a very different life for my children and grandchildren that I always wanted.

It also challenges me and hopefully others to rise to a greater level of accountability, productivity, success and expectation. I will hold others to the same.

Finally, this Inauguration and spirit of love that I have experienced as a result of Americans coming together and working for the Obama campaign encourages me to believe in the fundamental essence of the decency of humanity. I am not so sure that I have believed this before now. I agree with Michelle Obama, for the first time in my life, I am proud to be an American!

Anita Nesby-Flowers   January 18th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

This inauguration means: Hope and it charges my faith
I never loss faith, but it was hidden deep in my pocket. It was so deep that I was unaware of its presence. When I first heard Barack Obama speak at the2004 Democratic National Convention I began to notice something growing deep in my pocket. While watching and waiting through this long presidential campaign my pocket became fuller. By Election Day my pocket was full. My excitement and fear was over whelming and that evening hearing the words President Elect Obama. Faith began to flow from my pocket and my hope for the realization of Dr. King’s dream was changed to truth. This inauguration is every Americans’ moment to meet head on the challenges of making a better future for every American.

Missy (if you read it please do so ananymously)   January 18th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I am elated to see what's going on in DC tonight and looking forward to the next few days to come. At the same I can't help but have a hint of sadness because I live in Branson, Missouri. Tomorrow when the all kids all over the nation is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. B-day, Branson public school will be open to make up a less important snow day. I feel that it is totally wrong and it can only be done here in this place.
It is something that needs to be dealt with. Of all the days that they could have chosen to make up a snow day, it had to be M.L.K. Jr. b-day which is a national holiday.

If you choose to read this on the air, please do it ananymous sender because I don't want my kids to pay for my decision at school.

Thank you. I am looking forward to enjoying your coverage of history being made.

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 18th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Taylor K, Yours is the type of statement that causes division in this country. I don't think that anyone is trying to "claim" Obama, but the truth is that he is as much white as he is black, but he has chosen to identify with his black heritage.

Mary Alice Kirincic   January 18th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

What an emotional rollercoaster! From the first time I saw this man at the Democratic convention in "04 I said, "He's the one. He will be our next President." And here we are. He IS the one!

There were 4 generations of women here today and we were glued to the TV, laughing, crying and singing and dancing, and he hasn't even taken the oath yet.

They should make the Bushs' moving out into a reality show. It would smash all the ratings. How great it would be to watch. Ciao, George.
And don't let the door hit you in the a__!

Joe   January 18th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

I never thought all of our "SIT-INS, AND MARCHING" would lead to this great event. in 1961, after every sit-in or march, we were told to have faith. After Dr. King shared his dream with us in 1963, I thought we were making progress. Presidents Kennedy and Johnson made the light shine a little brighter. Today, I am glad that I lived long enough to see the dream come true and and to be filled with the joy of knowing that our daughter and grandaughter is inherting an America where they can do things that I could dream about.

Joe W.

Dante   January 18th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

"Patience is Bitter , but its fruit is Sweet " ( Jean-Jacques Roussean )
I was born in Iran, but raised in Europe and live in California, i have never felt i am from this country nor i felt i am from Iran since i left when i was just a child with a dream and world to conquer ...
I am proud , joyful, humble , spiritual and very happy to be American and alive to see HOPE has opened the door for all American and people around the World.I am 44 and tears are running constantly in my heart in my soul and in my spirit and life , I am spirit of America , I AM AN AMERICA N , YES I AM . YES WE CAN .
Lets fix and build paths and soul of people.

Patti Laporte Khan fr OH   January 18th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

President Obama's inaugaration fills my husband and I with hope and excitement! He is a gifted, committed, and extremely strong man. His motivation is infectious and his family unit inspires me. I am smiling ear to ear, wearing my Obama shirt, and feeling a strong drive to do my part. (oh yeah – I was a Republican and Bush backer. Found the light! ). Thanks Larry. Patti L.K.

Madison C   January 18th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

I am so excited and in awe, I cannot contain myself This election is for ALL people, every color, race, creed. I cannot stop crying. I remember my grandfather being drug out of our home at 4 in the morning - I REMEMBER HOW MY GRANDMOTHER WENT RUNNING AFTER THEM, AND HOW THEY KNOCKED HER DOWN ON HER FRONT PORCH! I was a young girl, and I remember how our whole family searched for him, and finally finding him hangin from a tree. I can still remember how my grandmother cried and cried, so this election is completely overwhelming for me. My kids are grown, and they have some knowledge, but they don't fully understand why it is so incredible. A black man, African-America, holding the highest office in the land. Living in the White House! The house built on the backs of slaves!!! I would like to ask CNN to cover George Wallace's reign, and Jim Crow. All this happening on MLK's holiday, what better timing. Wow. Our country this come so far. Truly, there is a God. For Emmitt Till, who was only 15, when he was found dead after being accused of looking at a white woman, - for all the people who died in the struggle for equality. Just to be treated the same, rather than going through back doors, not being able to swim in swimming pools at hotels, for all those who marched and died for equality– remembering how Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, groups from Motown, who traveled by bus, and could not sleep in hotels with whites, but had to stay on the bus. . .oh my God, my grown kids and grandkids don't fully understand my tears tonight . . .but I am grateful for this new dawn. I only wish all peoplecould soften ther hearts to tr to understand why there are so many people still in disbelief. The picture "ROOTS' was hollywood-ized, and could not truly tell us how bad it really was, although it was great movie. People just don't know. I am so grateful to see this day. Dear God, I can't top crying. I remember . . .I remember. Thank you, CNN. Please continue to cover vintage Jim Crow, so that people can understand . . .

Vivian - Atlanta   January 18th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Jane from WI – I've read each of your blogs. People are filled with joy and hope for many personal reasons over Pres-Elect Obama and your attempt to take it away is becoming "nauseating" . One blog on your feelings about Obama was plenty. We get it.

Ashford and Simpson's remix on Obama? You have got to be kidding me? This is what's on your mind at this time in history? WOW.

Mom of Buracial Kids in Florida   January 18th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I must correct my earlier blog entry where I typed the word white instead oof brown. It should have read as follows

I am the mother of 2 biracial children. My pregnancies were both unexpected as I was not supposed to be able to have children. 20 years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter, whose father was definitely what was then being called a BUPPIE, he told me I was being very selfish bringing a child into the world that would have to carry the burden of having a black father and white mother as she would never be fully accepted by either race.

At the time, and when as a toddler she would ask me why her dad was black and I was white, I would tell her what I firmly believed. That if she looked, her dad’s skin was not black, and mine was not white. We were all just different shades of brown.

Over the next few years, as she started to be left out as people found out her dad was black, I became very disillusioned and thought perhaps her father had been right.

My heart is so lifted on the eve of Barack Obama’s ascension to the Presidency of the United States of America. Both of my children can attain any heights they are willing to work for.

CAROL THENELL   January 18th, 2009 10:42 pm ET








liz from R I   January 18th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Larry we are 2 80 yr olds.. we knew Bush was wrong for this nation..we were devastated when Gore/Kerry lost..the past 8 yrs have been /excuse us/ hell watching the US go through this mess...we remember the 1st depression & now again..we did not think we would live to see Bush gone..but the Lord wanted us to. so, we feel hope pride excitement faith & pray ev. day for Obama/Biden & their staff their families. we need to be respected all over the world..there is always sunshine after the rain, sad, we had to wait 8 horrible for this event & we will savor ev. moment! enjoy the Inauguration Larry & family ! from 2 seniors...

Harry Bell   January 18th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

As it was stated to me, being a black man and knowing where my dad came from which is "Mississippi." It was changing listening to him tell me about the bathrooms, schools, the times when they were able to go places they couldn't go, and the places they couldn't eat at. We as a people not as a race, but a nation, understanding we, men and women. There is no color because America has many, many colors, and we can be anything we want, "From the Outhouse, to the Outhouse." We can and have achieved, and I thank God,! Then, I thank America, for changing this afford that was not done only by blacks, but other races, too. By accepting change, I thank you America, and anything is possible. "I can truly tell my daughter, Keiara, she can become a: Lawyer, Mayor, Governor, City Council, or yes even the President!" You gotta love America!

Marty   January 18th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

The treatment of black people, particularly in America, but elsewhere too, is disgusting. However, it is a testimony to the democracy of the United States, that they are making it through the minefields and the they are holding fast to the original declaration, "We hold these truths to be SELF EVIDENT that all people are created equal and have the right to pursue happiness...........America haters, wake up! This country is nothing short of a miracle.


Lois   January 18th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Hi Larry! I am a Canadian and just wanted to say how proud I am of Obama. Bringing people together no matter what nationality and helping the ordinary guy . There are so many people out there rooting for him . I wish him all the success in the world.

Peter Hicks   January 18th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

As a proud Canadian, congradulations on the inauguration of President Elect Barrac Obomma. 'It is a huge step for a man but an enormous leap forward for all humanity'

Peter Hicks-British Columbia- Canada

carol kesling   January 18th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

im very happy to be an american!!!!!!!!! i do hope people are patient and give this new administrasion a chance !!!!!!! it wont be easy and will take time to clean up this huge mess he inherited, but GOD BLESS BARACK&BIDEN and GOD BLESS AMERICAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE IS FINALLY A RAY OF HOPE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ann   January 18th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

The inaugration of Barak Obama to me means a chance for America to redeem itself to the world. As a Grenadian(in the Caribbean) I feel so much hope that that he is the first black president but most importantly what he stands for – integrity, participation and the believe in chage for the better. I followed the whole campaign and I wont miss the inaugration via Cnn for the world. God be with Obama in the trying times ahead.

Ann from Grenada

Lois Mathieu   January 18th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

Now, when I hear Ray Charles' "America the Beautiful" I'll be able to sing along with joy, because America is truly more beautiful today.

Richard O'Nyamwaro, A. J   January 18th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Inauguration means what President elect Obama has said time and again that, " Change has come to America."
It means the hopes and aspiration of a country and it certainly reflects the maturity of the American people.
Richard O'Nyamwaro, A. J

Sherron Elaine Josey   January 18th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Barack Obama has been my president since I was in my mothers womb. I am 61 years old. I was not politiical when I was a teen but I remember knowing & feeling, when Kennedy was shot, that a crack in the soul of the world had just occurred. It was made larger when MLK was killed, and Bobby.
My mother had told me of working in a cotton field with her family & some black people. A black man had asked her a question. She replied, " ____–sir." Her father informed her, "Polly, you don't say 'sir' to a black man". My mother, about 9 years old at the time, asked, "why not?" Her dad, my grandpa, took his hat off, scrathed his head, looked puzzeled, and finally said," I don't know". My mother learned a lot that day & I have benefited from her wisdom. The rift in our world now has a chance to heal.
Barack Obama has been my president all my life. I am bursting with joy and tears flow easily. Many years ago I told a young woman named Glynnes, whom I'd met on a flight to New Orleans, that I thought black people would be key to saving our world. I have great hopes and affection for our new president!

gloria byron   January 18th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

Hi my name is Gloria ....I am a Canadian girl .....i have followed Obama's journey and now the moment is almost here ....I am so happy and in awe of what is happening .....I love the man ....I pray for his success and his safety ....he warms my heart and inspires me ...his words are profound and I believe he is truly sincere in what he says and what he plans to do ....I will be glued to my t.v. on Tuesday and I know i will weep tears of joy along with all of America ...God bless him and his family on their journey ....Thankyou .....from a girl in Canada ...smiles ....

dan   January 18th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

As a South African I can only have the greatest sympathy for President-elect Barack Obama – if he can fulfill half of the expectations thathave been raised the this man will walk on water! I am afraid the American people have only set him up for a fall!! I honestly pity the man!

Aaron Richard Green   January 18th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

It's appalling that CNN begins to bring in the race card trump for the millions of us who as white or whatever you need a label for, and other, left home before graduating, to march behind MLK and spend years working for Civil Rights. THE ARROGANCE of the reporter who called his "generation the post-racial generation" is VILE and FALSE when as I stated there were a very large number of us Sixties generations making noise, marching, protesting, being jailed.
Consider, there has been a post-racial generation(s) for years before the media became the Blitzgrieg of Abusing Free Speech. At 57, is it any wonder my 20 something, college educated friends of ALL ethnicities choose to call themselves "apathetic?"

MistyC   January 18th, 2009 11:41 pm ET

This event means nothing. I could spend the day shoveling cow patties in my dad's fields and get more out of that than watching all this hoopla on television. Obama is in the honeymoon phase right now. What happens when all the hype and glory wear off? How many promises made on the campaign trail will be broken? Eventually the new does wear off and it will be business as usual. Oh, and Bush didn't damage this country all by himself. He had help from all those Democrat Congressmen and Women in D.C. going against everything he did. The power lies there. Get real people. The color of his skin is not the problem. It's everything that he represents through the Democrat Party. Where are the morals and values and standards by which our forefathers wanted us to live and die? There are none these days.

S. Jackson   January 18th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

I am so excited about the Inauguaration. I will be on one of several buses leaving New Haven, CT for this event.

As an educator, I always tell students you can be anything you want to be if you study hard. Now when the boys and girls say they want to be president, I can wholeheartedly say YES YOU CAN look at our President Obama. I can tell them no excuses, he is your role model.

What a way to celebrate my birthday. This event will live in my soul forever.

Aaron Richard Green   January 18th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

The CNN opinion poll offers not the reality choice: why not offer a blank slate where we might say what's most important is not the, Inaugural Speech, Parade, Parties but how we feel the cleaning up of our mess in an immediate fashion, is the BIG PICTURE to SEE HAPPEN?

MistyC   January 18th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

So many comments where God and Barack Obama are used together...isn't he omitting, "so help me God" from the oath?

Miss Johnson   January 19th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Thanks for covering the pre-inauguration events. I am, however, very disappointed in the wording of one of your questions. You asked our guest (and I'm paraphrasing) how he felt about a "Black" being in office. Black is not a noun! It is an adjective. You could have at least said black person. Catch up with the times and recognize that a "MAN" is taking the position of presidency. He happens to be black.

Miss Johnson

Sharon Dennis   January 19th, 2009 12:19 am ET

While I am excited about the election of Barack Obama, I am disappointed
that the average American was excluded from many of the inaugural
activities, such as the concert aired on HBO. Many Americans
were unable to view this historic event because they can not
afford to subscribe to HBO in these tough economic times.

Donna M   January 19th, 2009 12:22 am ET

The swearing in of Barack Obama means that Americans are coming together. And this is what it will take for America to once again to become the world leader we were. I don't think it will happen overnight, I feel it will take years for us to work together, starting with our congress and senate. They have asked us to tighten our belts they need to do the same and when President Obama says he will go line bt line to do away with excess he will do just that. I pray for his and his family's safety and well being.

Lmkeys   January 19th, 2009 12:23 am ET

I see the expression of so many people as they respond to the question of reporters, but do we really know what is happening? We have broken !!!! the divisions of our past, (wow) had it not been for a generation of young adults that don't see color & has not been tanted by racisum and following though with the promise to show up at the polls, in great part because of the way the President Elect Obama structured his campaign & so many others that voted for the 1st time, we wouldn't have this opportunity. I am thankful for the Adacity of our first families faith and because of that I will keep them in my prayers.

Joanne Smith-Birrell   January 19th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Hi Larry King – I am a very proud Canadian – Barrack Obama has given the United States a chance to redeem themselves to themselves and the world by electing a honest, intelligent, and a man that has given us all hope that we can prove that we are better human beings than what has taken place in the past.

And yes I never doubted that a Black American would be elected to be President of the United States before I died – thinking anything less just reminds me how arrogant white American really is – Congratulations and here's to a healthy New Year – with more love, health, better education, and a chance to heal the economic mess.

Patty   January 19th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I have been watching so many inaugural events on TV, knowing that my college son is there enjoying and taking all this in. He particpated in the Washington Center Inauguaral Seminar. Every event I watch, I get goosebumps. He is witnessing the most historical event he probably will ever experience. I believe Barrack Obama is America's choice and it makes this inaguration so significant, so real. To see all those musicians sing with such feelings and hope, it brought tears to my eyes.

Erin Sutton   January 19th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Hello! I'm Erin and I am 14 years old. For the past three days I have been glued to CNN for obvious reasons. I just wanted to share a teenager's opinion with Larry KIng Live. For the past months I have been hearing left and right about "financial crisis" and "worst economic conditions since the Great Depression." Well, of course this means a great deal, but I didn't fully understand this crisis until my father, an employee of my public school system, showed me the 1.2 million dollar federal funding cut for the next school year. So many layoffs and cut-backs were heart-breaking, and even though luckily my father's job is safe, something finally clicked when I read that paper. I'll be honest, I cried, and broke out in rage. I was and still am petrifed about MY dreams and how this isn't MY fault, why should I suffer? How will I get into MIT now? How could the government and Wall St. do this to ME? Well, I have suppoted Obama since the beginning and just hearing him speak does truly enlighten me. Although next year I may not be able to buy school lunch for under $4 and my favorite teachers may not be there anymore, I trust Obama to make this better. YES WE DID is very difinitive right now, but so is YES WE MUST. Thank you.

james johnson   January 19th, 2009 12:55 am ET

why can't we let everyone start off with a clean debt slate?

Rebeca Nesselrode   January 19th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I must say that I did not vote for Obama; however, I am 100% behind OUR new president. I am now hopeful for a great presidency and a betterment for the nation all together. I hope this change will be felt in all sectors of our society. May God bless Obama and this great country of OURS!!

Iryna   January 19th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Dear Larry,

I believe that our first African American president is probably the most historic thing that ever happened in politics. I cannot wait for Obama's inauguration because this will be a moment that everyone will still be talking about in the next 20 years. I am still in middle school and have been watching "CNN" since this whole campaign began. I support Obama all the way!

Barbara Scott   January 19th, 2009 12:56 am ET

On January 17, 2009 my sister died of Cancer, she would have been 55 in March. I'm just so happy that she was able to know that Obama is the President elect. This is just so heart felt. My Prayers go out to the President elect and his family and the to the United States of America.

armida spada-mcdougall   January 19th, 2009 12:56 am ET

As a Canadian living in British Columbia I couldnt be happier with the election of Barack Obama. He's smart, charismatic, compassionate. He seems to have a completely different agenda for the USA, which is certainly a welcome relief after the disastrous years of darkness under GW.

I know the world will be different. I know the American people will once again be able to travel here and abroad with their heads held high.

We in canada are looking for our Barack.

Ty   January 19th, 2009 12:57 am ET

The amount of money being spent on this inauguration is a joke!

Estimated $150 million? An election that cost Obama $500 million. It looks like the country is going the wrong way with Obama already.

I can't believe watching Larry King comment that Bush was a failure. I guess that's why Obama won the election. Not on ability, but because the incorrect reporting on CNN that the 2008 election was Bush vs. Obama when it was McCain vs. Obama.

Why don't I see someone representing my point of view on CNN? Just don't see it on the Democrat party channel CNN! Looks like you bought an election.

TB – Independent!

Sherri   January 19th, 2009 12:58 am ET

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! I have so many feelings. Joy, happiness, excitement and tears! I am so proud to be living in America to see this day come! So much to share with our future generations. Such a great day in American History today! The "we are one" celebration at the Lincoln Memorial was such a fabulous way to start the next few days celebration of the Inauguration of President Obama. The crowds of people gathered at the Mall in D.C. was incredible to see. I can't wait for Tuesday to get here! We are truely blessed to have come this far in America. As I watched the "we are one" celebration and I saw the American flags flying in the breeze and saw the statue of Lincoln in the background, it was truely amazing and took my breath away! Obama! Obama! Obama!

major   January 19th, 2009 12:58 am ET

For the first time i feel that I am included in the American picture. That as President Obama's presidency moves forward, my sons will live in an America where they won"t be profiled. I feel proud

Jayaraman   January 19th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Hi Larry

In all your shows, you always call Mr Barack Obama, as first 'BLACK' president. Instead please always address as the first African american president as it is more credible way of use. All other program anchors always address him as first AA president.

Thanks and hope you start address in that way.

Jan Welte   January 19th, 2009 12:58 am ET

We live in Tokyo and people that can't even speak English are coming up to us say "yea – Obama!!"

michael blackwell   January 19th, 2009 12:58 am ET

We need to give thanks to Shirley C, Jesse J, Al S, and many more for leading the way for us to believe that some day an African American would become President of the United States of America!

Debbie   January 19th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I am a 53 year old grandmother from Northern Arizona. This election means hope. I now have hope that things will get better.
Mr. Obama seems like a very sincere man. I believe he will do his best to live up to the promises he has made us.
God bless him........

Rich   January 19th, 2009 1:00 am ET

This is a turning point for our country and for the world. As the symbol of democracy and freedom this Inauguration fulfills the vision of those who wrote the hallowed letters and declarations on which we as a nation find our inner voice. For me as a person of color it reinforces the belief that if I can dream it it can be.. yes I can!!


Washington DC

Davids   January 19th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I think the plain crash in the Hudson river was an example of what is happening today in America...The plane represents America, the passengers are the citizens and inhabitants, and the good pilot...our president – elect Barack Obama.....With the collaboration of the pasengers everybody came out we all need to collaborate with the Pilot(Obama) so we survive the economic crisis we are facin today

Kenneth Steen   January 19th, 2009 1:01 am ET

This is the most important change of command for our nation in my 40+ years for the following reasons:

1. Dedicated Americans finally have a real say on the state of our union, effective change is coming!

2. New generational leaders leaning forward in the foxholes, arm pit deep and greased up ready for the fight of there lifetimes.

3. Great inspiration and self worth causes will take the front from the over zealous private bankrolls of the past, lets take care of Americas needs first and foremost, IE: Schools, Healthcare and the American Dream.

4. The X Y and Z generations finally spoke in one voice for comprehensive change and truly are living up the our nations creed that all men are created equal and we can achieve anything we as a people put our minds and hearts into.

Lake Williams   January 19th, 2009 1:01 am ET

Mariah Carey should sing "HERO" for President-Elect Obama at the inauguration–because it would be so appropriate.

Mitchum Smalls   January 19th, 2009 1:01 am ET

It means alot to me and not just because I'm a 18 yr old black male from the streets of charleston. For the first time i believed that my vote counted and gives me a sense that it doesn't matter what background you have you can help change this country for the better. Coming from a place where there's alot of crime and sense that my ethnicity will be impoverish no matter what actions that you do it gives me a sense of hope.

Lana   January 19th, 2009 1:01 am ET

President Elect Obama is white and black, he is a very intelligent man, and he has been where most of us have been, I really do think he understands better than anyone in the last presidency(Bush) he does care and being white and black is just what we need to bring us all together as one. God Speed and God Bless you " President Obama" We can do it with your help, and you can do it with our help.
Thank you for being you,

pamela farquharson   January 19th, 2009 1:03 am ET

This is the greatest day in our country's histrory. As I refect on it I wish that my grandparent where here to see this moment. I feel so proud of the people of America.

Osei Prempeh   January 19th, 2009 1:04 am ET

Being an African from Ghana, I feel particularly excited about this inuaguration because it kind of speaks directly to my mind and to the minds of my fellow Ghanaians-Democracy is at work! Its time for change. Ghana went to the polls 3 times in December 2008-General elections, run off, then final election. The opposition was finally elected!The electorate have come a long way and can no longer be taken for granted! Congratulations to the American people for this historic moment!

John   January 19th, 2009 1:05 am ET

This Inauguration mean a lot to me Larry. I came from Kakuma Refugee Camp Four years ago in North Eastern Kenya as a "Lost Boy of Sudan". I was always optimistic that one day there will be a black man in the white house ( I was not knowing when will it happen) but within my four years in America, the lord help let the dream come true to allow Barack Obama to be our country first black President.

I'm taking off from my College work on tuesday to past and pray for this Miraculous moment in our History.

thank you Larry.

Peace in Christ Jesus.


char Smith   January 19th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Being a young african american woman from Henning, tenn.
President elect Barack Obama's position confirms how I've always felt......I can do anything, I can be anyone, all I ask for in return is simply the opportunity.

favour Nwabuoku   January 19th, 2009 1:07 am ET

This innauguration is a testament that in America, you can reach the greatest heights if you persevere and work really hard. The election of Barack Obama shows where a man is elected by his worth and ,not the color of his skin. From my little experience these few years in America, it is a historic event and I presume this will send a message to the whole world that we shall rise again.

David   January 19th, 2009 1:07 am ET

It is amazing that all these people are overlooking the fact that Mr. Obama made all kinds of promises, as does every candidate for President, and even before he has taken the oath of office he is already backing down on some of those promises. So, go ahead and shout your praises for Mr. Obama but that lambs clothing is coming off and you soon will see the wolf that you have elected. I just want to say John McCain was not my first choice from the Republican side of this election and probably was one of the weaker candidates BUT faced with the choice I had I voted for John McCain. So, when Al Queda attacks and all hell breaks lose....don't blame me!

idzan ismail of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 19th, 2009 1:09 am ET

I am waiting anxiously for Obama's inaugural address.
Will he better JFK's: :" Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country.".
The speech written by Ted Sorenson is described as worthy of Lincoln.

Kenneth Steen   January 19th, 2009 1:10 am ET


The morals and values of the democrats?? With the former vice president's business as usual in IRAQ, to the current sitting presidents MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (open for business in Iraq) and to good ol SEN Craig, you sure you want to talk about morals with this president elect and with the overwhelming number of AMERICANS that voted him into office?

Sheryl J.   January 19th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Finally, America has decided to change and be for the people, not just the black/ white issue. As a black person in the USA, my children have the opportunity to see that they can do anything and make a difference.

Allen Jones   January 19th, 2009 1:11 am ET

With all due respect I believe the media is missing the real question that should be asked. You should not be asking black people "What does this inauguration means to you." You should be asking blacks what they are willing to do to help this presidency not be just another elction?
The only reason I voted for Obama was because he is black that's it.
But now that he is president I am determined to take that many have in him to turn around this country to the community level and find some willing troubled person and help them turn their life around.

stevenaustin   January 19th, 2009 1:11 am ET

Obama has a long road ahead of him, but nobody told us that the road would be easy. And I don't believe that we have come this far to turn around now. We must continue to press on why through. The times are hard and things are changing, but i prayed to God that we remain one nation under God, and God answered my prayer and he sent Obama. Not for one people but for all. We started of by saying we shall over come, then we said that it was time for a change, now we can say yes WE WILL and YES WE CAN. Thank God for time because time brings change. However time waits on no man so Now is our time. Lets continue to support change be now is the time. Dr. M.L. King would be very proud.

Donald Goyette   January 19th, 2009 1:11 am ET

Finally, America has achieved its finest moment. Proud, free and a genuine inspiration to all of mankind. There is no greater power than showing the world that justice delayed is not necessarily forever denied.

Dr. King would be proud that this victory came without violence.

As a Canadian I have never been so proud of having America as a neighbor.

Sebrena Washington   January 19th, 2009 1:13 am ET

One day we will celebrate the dreamer.
The next day we celebrate the dream which has finally come true.

After years of prayers, we now hear the praises.

It is a wonderful time for our country and the world changes........

Joy Clark   January 19th, 2009 1:14 am ET

I am so blessed to be alive to be here living in Okinawa, Japan and watching history be made. My children now know that all things are possible for not just one group of people, but all people. I grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois were 99.99 percent African American. Crime, drugs and poverty and high school drop out is booming. I have a Dream, now that dream will be reality in 48 hours. My children play, entertain, and mingle with all people. Now we have an educated African American man and educated African American woman and two beautiful children in the White House. God is Good.

Allen Jones   January 19th, 2009 1:15 am ET

With all due respect I believe the media is missing the real question that should be asked. You should not be asking black people “What does this inauguration means to you?” You should be asking blacks what they are willing to do to help this presidency not be just another presidency?
The only reason I voted for Obama was because he is black that’s it.
But now that he is president I am determined to take that hope many have in him to turn around this country to the community level and find some willing troubled person and help them turn their life around.

Carmen Lax-Ray   January 19th, 2009 1:18 am ET


I am 54 years old and I never thought I would see a Black man be elected for the President of the United States. I think he will continue to bring all races together and make positive changes for the American people. I wish my father was alive to share in this great moment in history. Your show is great!!! Thank-you.

Carmen Lax-Ray

Loretta Guynn   January 19th, 2009 1:20 am ET

As I witness this historical moment I can only think of what this would mean to my deceased grandparents. As myself they would be overjoyed with tears.

Phil Rieke   January 19th, 2009 1:22 am ET

I just want to comment on the irony of back-to-back celebrations on January 19 and 20. In addition to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday being celebrated on the 19th, it is also ironic that the leader of the South, General Robert E. Lee's birthday is also the 19th. We are so fortunate in America, that once a decision is made, such as who won a war, we go forward, giving power to the winner. To God be the glory!
Phil Rieke

Richard Knight   January 19th, 2009 1:26 am ET

From Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. My wife and I fully support Barack Obama. He is an inspiration like John F. Kennedy. We support him because of his ideals, his honesty and his empathy for those less fortunate. But let's not kid ourselves. If he was white, the election would have been a landslide. The fact that he is black did not go in his favour. We are all fortunate that his character was able to supercede his skin colour. When he begins his presidency, we are confident that people will realize that his colour is completely irrelevant.

Dave   January 19th, 2009 1:27 am ET

All I can say is I feel like I am witnessing the rebirth of the
greatest nation on earth.
Happy Birthday, America!

Linda for Obama   January 19th, 2009 1:37 am ET

I am so excited that i get goose bumps every time I thing about the swearing in of Barack Obama. I can't wait , I will be front and center watching and listen to every word. It will be a tough road but I feel like we have a chance to make things right. As we are all together in this moment in history may we all find the pride that we deserve as we represent the USA, our troops are clearing the way for us to move forward, may god watch over them, and keep them safe. GOD BLESS THE OBAMA FAMILY AND GOD BLESS AMERICA

mary   January 19th, 2009 1:37 am ET

We have a dream too. We have a dream that one day our same-sex marriage will be seen as equal to a heterosexual marriage and that, accordingly, we will be afforded equal, not separate, civil liberties. We have a dream that, some day, religious leaders will stop spreading words of intolerance and ignorance about homosexuality.

We're not sitting on the back of the bus, behind Obama and Michelle and we're definitely not tuning in to listen to any program where Rick Warren is speaking. Our tolerance does not extend to embracing his intolerance.

JEAN BEASLEY   January 19th, 2009 1:43 am ET


Willie osumba baldwin   January 19th, 2009 1:56 am ET

who could have ever thought,over time would dare bring about,change at a level unseen or foretold.
where diverse people of color could blind their eyes and allow thier minds to unfold.
somewhere as the time records,one generation opens its wings and soars.
there is another that lands itself,and prepares to engage life through new found doors.
how could this be? someone might ask? in a nation with a history of such a dark past
all things are possible,if we could just understand,how GOD intended us all to be one man

John B   January 19th, 2009 1:58 am ET

This is such an exciting time with the pending inauguration of Barack Obama as our 44th President.

For me, it is definitely a time of healing, and recovery. The recovery of the dignity of the our nation which was built on a vision of freedom and hope. Our nation, whose spiritual foundation - the dignity and equality of all people as one Nation under God - will take an enormous step forward.

This historic moment stirs memories (what else is new) and I recall personal experiences –from my first memory of an inauguration as a child in my elementary school auditorium and D.W. Eisenhower being sworn in. To a child traveling with Dad on a NYC subway, upset in not getting some candy from a candy machine on the train platform, and once on the train, and once on our way, a woman, who happened to be black, offering me the candy treat that I was crying for. To the feelings of horror at the slaying of freedom riders and workers fighting the prejudice of segregation. To the reports of those barbaric actions which tore the fabric of our society and its ideals.

This renewed vision which is felt by so many in anticipation of Obama inauguration and the renewed belief in national hope, courage, wisdom, and recovery has my emotions high. Tears of relief that our nation is finally turning a corner; tears of joy at the fulfillment of Martin's "we have a dream", words deeply embedded in my spirit. I thank my God for the gift of this moment in time, and pray that I may have a some small part in this moment's success.

Michael from Tigard, Oregon   January 19th, 2009 1:59 am ET

Obama's message and appeal resounds loud and clear to the "forgotten America", the hard working middle class, and diverse cultures who finally have a voice in their future. I pray we Americans rise from the ashes to prevail with renewed dignity and hope as we move forward to revitalizing our beloved nation.

chuck   January 19th, 2009 2:22 am ET

I am curious to see if you have the guts to comment on this but here it goes. First of all i am sick and tired of the "obama parade". When over 90% of the blacks vote for him just because he is " a brother" or black It sickens me and for the media to hype this up stating this is an historic occasion , it shows the attempt to further the racial divide amongst us. Face it , he won just because he is black. You cannot name one piece of legitimate legislation he has written. His statements about everthing being "fair" is a ferrytail that will never become true because as everyone knows life is not fair and to take peoples money that have worked hard is not " fair". Hell , show me where it is in the constitution that the haves have to be forced to give to the have nots! that is what charity is for. If the "reverends" were really reverends they would know that even Jesus stated in the bible that you will always have the poor amoungst you . I cannot begin to express the shame and disgust for the peole that put this guy in office. It is an attempt to destroy this nation and just remember this when he and his administration do it.

Dominick   January 19th, 2009 2:26 am ET

To me this is the most important inauguration in my life time. I will be 75 years old this Feb.14 2009. We have experenced crisis before but nothing like whats ahead of us these next few years.

This past adminitration has cost this Country both on Wall street, and main street more damage then most us can imagine. Every one that I talk to has lost more money then they care to discuss.

President Barack Obama I whish you the very best and beg the Country to support you.

maka   January 19th, 2009 2:27 am ET

The hope, yes hope, that I felt as a young person is back. It seemed to slip away and it was starting to look as if America had lost it's way forever. President (elect) Obama and his choices for his administration has renewed the feeling of humanity, and working together to come together. Finally a president who is for ALL the people. I think we will do what is needed for the good of America and our people and the world's people, the planet with not only pride, but with dignity and compassion. Let get to work!

Dr. Moses Calhoun, PhD Psychology   January 19th, 2009 2:29 am ET

Dear Larry,
I am 72 years old and still a teacher for the Los Angeles School District. I have been watching you for many years and considers your show to be the best of its kind on television. I really did apreciate your guests tonight led by Carvile. I have a blog "" (educators talking back). I answered the question "What does the inauguration of the first Black President mean to me" for the Obama Campaign on my blog along with an allegorical concept. You may be interested in what I wrote. I have done a lot of bloging and e-mailing to and for President-elect Obama over the last year. Please read my blog.

mavimacfarlane   January 19th, 2009 2:46 am ET

Hi Larry ..Please help us pass the word...

We can do it...Yes We Can !!......Lets all help the Country...
show them we Can !!

Now more than ever before we need to Start a Wave...asking everyone
to help and start to buy american make products ... When ever we can !!.

This will create Jobs Jobs Jobs...Galore

This individual efffort from all of us... will become an momentum of creating new Jobs!!.nation wide...

This will take months to see the effords but once it does it can be hugh!!

Lets put it on all blogs...My face, twitter, Myspace etc...
and watch it grow yea!!!

Please help Spread the word

Thank you very much
mavi Macfarlane

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 3:00 am ET

It is a tradgedy that the united states is in the mess it had no right being in.
It is like setting your house on fire,and when it is almost burnt to the ground,starting to put it out.
There are still tough times ahead,alot of the ol"dogs are still in the house.
I can see it already."come on boy,you really didn't mean that" did ja?
Spending money that is not there.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 19th, 2009 3:12 am ET

Never mind all this black hype.
The blacks have had the same opportunities for decades.
The slave ideology has been shattered for decades by the likes of
Reggie jackson,red foxx,michael jackson, Bill Cosby ,Oprah,Arethra Franklin,Casius Clay,Ray charles,Stevie Wonder,Pdiddy,and hundreds of other world famous black multimillionaires who have been role models for all the young black kids that you can be anything.
You can be a pimp,drug dealer,or the most popular in jail,or
A black president.
Choice is yours.The pity trip was over 40 years ago.

Cary Carpenter-Rome,NY   January 19th, 2009 3:24 am ET

Barack Obama is within 48 hrs of making history when he will be sworn in as our 44th president. He thinks that change is needed and I think as he does. This country has been doing the "same 'ol same 'ol" for 232 1/2 years and I think we should start doing things differently. God Bless Barack Obama,his beautiful wife Michelle and their two lovely daughters. May God grant him the wisdom to guide us in the right direction and may God inspire him to always know when we should defend ourselves and when to talk things over with our enemies.

O.Berg   January 19th, 2009 3:35 am ET

9/11, the horrific tragedy , marked Mr. Bush's presidency which crumbled down like the Twin Tours. I sense a bit of symbolism now, that just before Mr. Obama's inauguration, the miracle with the airliner on the Hudson River happened. I feel that America will stay afloat like that plane. America will survive and will be saved like the passengers on that flight. I believe in good omens, and in O-man, Mr. Obama. I wish him the best.

Lateef Stinson   January 19th, 2009 4:00 am ET

This means a lot to me, its about one mans dream coming true. This is not about what color skin you are, its about all of us coming together as one. ITS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, AND CHANGE HAS COME. FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, OH GOD ALMIGHTY FREE AT LAST.

TRACY KLUM , vancouver,WA   January 19th, 2009 4:21 am ET

I was excited to see all the before party, & the singers , for OBAMA. & his family.
until I come to find out that we were unable to even watch it. it was on a prepaid show HBO, which I do not have I was very upset that this was'nt on a local t.v. station 2,6,8,12,.dose any one know why?
And if it will be retelavized. at a later date.
This would have really meant alot to me if me and my family if we could have seen it to night, And Will we be able to watch the Inauguration ? OR will that be on HBO to.

PlanetMother   January 19th, 2009 5:10 am ET

It's something to be proud of...people don't judge anymore by colour of skin.

But it wil cost more than four years to clean up the mess from bush and his friends.I wish Barack Obama a lot of wisdom and good luck!!!

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

It means that i can be proud, if the company offers my family the possibility to go back and live in the USA. I am looking forward to become a volunteer from the democratic party...and perhaps to become an US citizen...just like my son.
Tuesday...i will be in tears, it's just great !!!

Party! Party ! Party !!!

Dene Hofheinz Anton   January 19th, 2009 5:37 am ET

Hi, Larry- I was just 10 when my Daddy was elected Mayor of Houston,
Texas. Dressed up as Santa, he gave the guys swiss army knives for Christmas and the gals
buckets of paint and paint brushes. It seemed odd. It was. Huh?
Then he explained that he was sending us out on a Special Secret Mission
while he worked on his speech....
HE made sense. We went off as if on yet another campaign. Before he was to be sworn in come
that January, we were to have gone all over Houston AND Harris County
(where he'd served as County Judge at the age of just 24)
to scrape off & then paint over the word "colored" wherever/EVERYwhere it appeared.
Water fountains. Restrooms. Libraries. Done! Gone! Mission Accomplished. Thus, Houston was integrated
creatively, quietly and without incident.A Man of Vision.

I wrote him a little poem for him for his Mayoral Inauguration.
Just four lines:

"What does it matter colored skin..
Who useth this to judge GOD'S Men...
For when man's reached that final goal...
Pray tell what Color is a Soul?" @dHa

You know me,Larry, as Judge Roy Hofheinz's daughter. You knew him as The genius who created the FIRST indoor stadium,
The Astrodome: The one that the Most Reverend Billy Graham calls "The Eighth Wonder of the World."
As YOU know, " The Judge" brought the COlt 45/Astros to Houston- owned both the team and The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. But what is
not known is his major contribution to Civil Rights and his influence on his pal Lyndon B. Johnson. We must remember that LBJ ultimately got
The CIvil Rights Bill passed, as only he could do! True. I know those two Tall Texans and their devoted wives are looking down on President -Elect Obama with
great Joy and Pride in him and in The American People. There is a new song just out that Tony winner Idina Menzel sings masterfully called "HOPE" on Warner Brothers.
It is available through I-tunes and Amazon& on her site. Proceeds go to "Stand Up to Cancer." We HOPE it is
a fitting tribute to our 44th President's Guardian Angels. "HOPE is the bravest most beautiful bird in the sky...."
All the Best to The Obama Family.Love to you and yours. Keep up the great work. What exciting & challenging times!
God Bless America!
Dene Hofheinz Anton

Stephanie Sakowski   January 19th, 2009 5:49 am ET

Althought I'm not directly affected, I think it was high time for America to get rid of Bush. I'm convinced that Obama will achieve most of his targets. He's the best thing that could happen to the USA – and the rest of the world!

Greetings and my best wishes from Germany

populist pundit   January 19th, 2009 5:58 am ET


With the inauguration of Obama, we are trusting that we are moving beyond the politics of division, ignorance and greed which characterized the babyBush's dreadful time in office.

We are hoping that after Bush and Cheney's War Crimes and Greed have destroyed the U.S. economy and destroyed America's reputation around the world, that Obama and his team can restore America's reputation as a country that is committed to values of democracy and fairness while rebuilding an economy that has suffered through 8 years of plunder by wealthy abusers.


Joshua Teitelbaum   January 19th, 2009 6:00 am ET

I am so moved by the inauguration of our first black President. As I child I watched my father, Rabbi David Teitelbaum, being arrested as he marched with Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama. I never believed this day would come in my lifetime. I am so proud. God bless Barack Obama. God bless America.

Joshua Teitelbaum
Stanford University
Tel Aviv University

Wathobio Ruhohi   January 19th, 2009 6:01 am ET

Obama has the best possible chance to salvage America's reputation and win back global support.

Tiffany   January 19th, 2009 6:07 am ET

I am from the USA(North Carolina) but I am now living in South Korea.

At least once a week I will get a Korean come up to me and ask me if I'm happy that the USA will have it's first black president. I tell them yes and that I never thought as a black woman in her 30's would I ever see this happen. Most South Koreans and others that I meet while traveling from other countries are very happy to see this event take place.

What is funny about all of this now many Koreans seem to be more interested in "black american" culture then before Obama was elected. So his swearing in will have an impact not only on Americans but on others world wide as well.

But it most be noted that the USA still has much race work to do, we actually need to take a look at how Melbourne Australia has handled it's immigration and race relations in the later half of the 80's and 90's.
I am sad that I am here in Korea and I can't see it from the USA.

Michelle   January 19th, 2009 6:17 am ET

I think that this is a great day in the history of America but what saddens me is that there is an economic crisis in the US with thousands of people out of jobs, etc. and they are going to be spending "Millions of Dollars" (Yahoo reported 150 million dollars!!!!!!!!) on one huge party to celebrate this Inauguration ... don't you think that the money could be put to better use.....

Vishal   January 19th, 2009 6:22 am ET

Good for the world. Good to see so much optimism, feel good factor after relentless years of pessimism,sufferings and downtrend. I am sure time for CHANGE has come. Bravo and God Bless us all.

bbbbmer   January 19th, 2009 6:23 am ET

It was NAUSEATING seeing 'Mayor' Kevin Johnson on LKL last night expounding on politics knowing nothing about them, and as a Republican, having nothing more to do with Obama than skintone. Johnson, backed by local real estate and corporate interests, is seeking to overthrow our city council in the most insidious power grab this city of Sacramento has ever seen, having a record that includes bankrupt charter schools, debarment in federal contracting for fiscal malfeasance, and a number of allegations of child sexual abuse all conveniently washed under the carpet because of payoffs to victims. WHY DOESN'T YOUR SHOW AT LEAST DO A CURSORY VETTING BEFORE AN INVITATION TO APPEAR????? By allowing this you're enabling and sanctioning someone who should be brought to justice rather than honored and celebrated - SHAME ON YOU!!!!

Rudi Wilburn (American living in France)   January 19th, 2009 6:38 am ET

I was born in 1950. By the early 60's I realised what ML(K) JF(K,) & RF(K) were fighting for would someday change America and the world. (I am not surprised ) I think like Stevie Wonder, I had faith that someday there woud be a African American President. I just didn't know if it would be in my life time. This has changed my life and I am bringing my family back to America.......

Linda McBride-Yuke   January 19th, 2009 7:01 am ET

I am an Aboriginal Australian and lived in the USA in the early 1980's. My two daughters are dual nationals – Australian and American. There father was born in Mississippi when segregation was law. I told them of their American history and what not only their father and grandparents and the rest of the Black Americans went through. Barack Obama has not only given hope and change to the black Americans – he has given it to Black Australians – the Indigenous people of Australia and he has personally given a vision of hope, fulfilment, achievement and truly smashed the glass ceiling for Black people around the world. He tells so clearly that my two daughters could be the first Aboriginal female Prime Minister. Thank you Barack – thank you for translating Dr Martin Luther Kings I have a dream to us.

Michael C. McHugh   January 19th, 2009 7:01 am ET

It means that we're going to have a New Progressive Era of reform after a very long conservative period, basically a Second Gilded Age over the last 30 years that I thought would NEVER end.

We also have a zoung president who is brilliant, a political Einstein, with the kind of skills that only a few of our very greatest presidents have had.

In America, we only have periods of reform about once a generation, every 30 to 40 years, before its back to business as usual. I hope that we don't waste this chance to make changes in our society, since another will not come along in my lifetime.

I have been very cynical and pessimistic about this society for most of my adult life, but just the fact that we could produce someone like Obama and that the majority voted for him after a very long and tough campaign, gives me hope for the first time in my life that there are some redeeming features in this country.

Michael C. McHugh
Realistic Historian

Mr SOLOMON YAKUBU   January 19th, 2009 7:02 am ET

Glory be to God – Halleluya!. I am glad from the bottom of my heart to see this remarkable inauguration happening. As a black man, it mean great and thing to be pround of that one of us has finally take over the command and fairs of a most powerful nation in the universe.

Please, receive my congratulatory message, our president Obama and your family. May God of Host protect you and every one around you till the end of your tenure in Jesus name – Amen.

Charles Quaye   January 19th, 2009 7:10 am ET

Am so glad for baraks appointment to presidency first because he is of the Democrats which I am. I am always a democrat, and not because he is black. There are other blacks in the Republican party, so for me , Democrats came back to power.

Secondly , his presidency has definately worked on me asa big relief. The idea that we as black people can also have an equal opportunity. This to me somehow fulfillls the dream , liberty, justics and equality for all.

Thirdly , leadership is about to lead people. The people have to trust, love, and to be movitated to work together with their leader, towords the set goals. Barack has it all , courageous, Listens and geninuely makes it understood by all that we are all part of the task to be solved. And how he does that is truely speaking fantastic.

Its not a promise to all that all we be easy and well just because he is of our skin colour. No far from that . Its this spirit of transending HOPE to the people to see the Light , change consciousness and be positiv to work towords that goal.

And lastly his status as president has truly made a history, shifted consciousness in the whole world about this issue of races. Whites voted for him, Blacks voted for him, yellow, green all voted for him. Actually he stood up to lead all to that state , and we the people made that change. So we got the first wish change, despite how difficult ,simple though, it could be. Yes we can!!!.

The whole world is full of happiness, smiles and wow fantastic,

That day is 20th January 2009.
From Charles Quaye In Danmark.

F. Makinde   January 19th, 2009 8:56 am ET

Few years ago, America gave the world Clinton's love cards to read. Unable to pay the Bill for the cost of the cards, America sent the world into the Bush as a punishment to go and judge (George) terrorists. Realising the enormity of the task as there are too many to be judged, America is now sending the world into the Barrack. Let's hope we can get some rest in the Barrack.

Jeanne   January 19th, 2009 10:00 am ET

i consider myself an independent politically having voted republican more than democratic over the years as i am now in my 60's. i interpret being an independent as one who can pick and choose, independent, republican, democrat or whatever–just vote for the most qualified candidate in a bipartisan way. so many continue to align themselves with how their parents voted back in the 50's or whenever. HELLO!!, those years are over. we now live in a different world from that era with challenges unknown at the time. we americans are now in a major crisis and i hope we can all reunite to move on. also, obama is referred to an an african american–isn't he also half caucasion?
i support him in a bipartisan way and am hopeful that he can at least begin the process of solving the many obstacles he is facing.

Nicole J. Malone   January 19th, 2009 10:18 am ET

Hi Larry!

This is Nicole Malone from Atlanta, GA. I am so sick to my stomach that I couldn't go to the Inauguration. And the ONLY reason why I am not there is because I have a newborn son that could possibly grow up to be the President one day. : ) I am very very happy to be, not just a Black American, but an American. The spirit and the positivity in this country is just amazing right now. America has never seen anything like this before and I don't think it will ever see it again in this lifetime.

I find it interesting that Barack likes Abraham Lincoln so much because my grandfather talks to his great granddaughter, which is my daughter, about things that were going on when Lincoln was President. His grandparents told him about how they lived through and experienced things while Lincoln was in office and he tells her! He's 87 and she's 9. So he's teaching her history all the time. When he speaks of things that his grandparents told him about the Lincoln era, he often starts his sentences off with (WHEN THE BIG GUN WENT OFF) which is a way of saying when the Civil War started. So if you look at it like that, it really wasn't that long ago. But now we have a Black President and I am just excited about Barack and what he represents to the country and possibly to the world.


Jeanne   January 19th, 2009 10:20 am ET

rather than being a pessimist, i choose to be an optimist. no president in our lifetime has been faced with cleaning up such a big mess that has evolved over the years. come on, let us give this guy a chance.

Victoria Wolf   January 19th, 2009 10:43 am ET

I think the news media is missing the point, as are a lot of others, for not taking advantage of the obvious

... not our first 'black' president, but our first MIXED president ... true blending of our American peoples.

As the reporters ask the people on the street "how do you feel about a black president"? ... really it is an insult to most, whether they know it or not
... actually by only addressing either Black or White ... the masses, who are mixed, become isolated ... invisible still!!!

Aileesa   January 19th, 2009 10:49 am ET

January 20, 2009

Dear President Obama:

Today, on my birthday, the world is celebrating something far more significant than the anniversary of my birth. Even I am regarding this day as not mine, but yours. For today you embark on an incredible journey that I with my 28 years of life experience cannot fully apprehend, and would never dare undertake.

I have long admired you, but now I find myself in awe of you. Today you accept an enormous responsibility, one that has grown exponentially since your country went into economic recession. Today you are knowingly and willingly inheriting a nation on the brink of some form of collapse, which makes you either the biggest fool in modern America's history, or its potential messiah.

Today you are sacrificing your security and safety, and that of your family's, in order to lead your country during this very trying time, no matter how thankless the job or bleak the outlook.

For all I know, you might be clueless, confused, and absolutely terrified as you assume office. But today, at least, I am certain you will once more display the quiet confidence and calm sagacity that belie your relative inexperience, and that have inspired the billions who witnessed the remarkable campaign you ran in 2008. Yes, throughout your term as president, you will feel lost and helpless. You will falter, and you will fail on occasion. You may, tragically, even fall. But because the fears and apprehensions of your nation and the international community are being thrust upon you, today you will be brave enough for all of us. Today we need you to be brave for all of us.

Today, even as I turn another year older, you make me feel young, because you make me feel hopeful. You have restored in a generation of cynics to which I belong the ability to believe once more– in change, in progress, in unity, in human decency. You have reminded us that yes we can grasp possibility, yes we can create our own destiny, yes we can make a difference. You have rekindled our passion and given us renewed reason to care, beyond our individual lives and our own countries. Today, you stand as a symbol of all that's right with the world, even as everything is going so patently wrong.

I sometimes wonder if I am not more than a little foolish in my hero worship of you, especially considering I'm not even American. But in my fellow Filipinos, I see the same admiration and respect for you. Yes, Mr. President, this is how far-reaching your influence and inspiration are: today, the people of a Third World island nation in Asia is cheering you on, looking to you for the ideals and principles and moral character that we no longer find in our own government leaders. You represent what should be, and what could be. Today, more than ever, the scrutinizing eye of the world is trained on you. And more importantly, today, the world pins its collective faith and hopes on you.

Today is not so much my birthday as it is yours, for with your inauguration as President of the United States, people across the globe who still hold fast to the values of democracy, liberty, equality and integrity are wishing you well, and celebrating that you exist as a living example of those values. Today we salute you, all that you might become, and all that you might help us become. And today, in turn, gives birth to a tomorrow that could be better and brighter for all of us.

Because of you, Mr. President, today is a happy birthday.

Sincerely yours,
Aileesa Lim
Manila, Philippines

Frances   January 19th, 2009 10:56 am ET

The inauguration means a lot to me. I am taking a vacation day to watch it on CNN all day. I contributed monthly to Obama's campaign and he would say: "You [small donors] own the campaign." So I feel I own a part of his "firm" and I feel I am getting my money's worth just from all the exictement and hope his winning the election has given to all of us. There seemed to be a lot of racism exposed in some battleground states during the primary campaign and I was worried that Hillary was stirring it up and taking advantage of it. But America has proved to be its better self. The only thing I worry about now is Obama's safety. But here again, I have hope America will prove to be its better self. I loved watching Saturday when someone in the Baltimore crowd yelled "I Love You" and Obama said "I Love You Back" without missing a beat. He was speaking to all of us who love him.

charles anthony   January 19th, 2009 11:30 am ET

to me this is the day of days, the year of years-this is a new chapter in history. i am from india and know that here is a man who will change the course of this horrible, horrible world- even if he brings about a 25% change we shall be indebted to him. i am sure, confident and fully convinced that obamas' dreams will be fulfilled. may god help him in all his endeavours.

Suguna   January 19th, 2009 11:43 am ET

Wow! Never been more excited! What a moment in history. What hope. I just pray for Obama and his family.

Suguna, Indian in Dubai

Linda Sheridan   January 19th, 2009 11:48 am ET

Tomorrow will be a great day for America!!! Seeing all the people gathered in Washinton to be a part of history makes me feel proud to be an American. I will be watching the inauguration on CNN with Larry King-you're the best!!! Linda

Larry Baker   January 19th, 2009 11:51 am ET

As we celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King and anticipate tomorrow's historic inauguration, I feel we have been slowly inspired by the accomplishments of other African Americans, who interact with us on a constant basis.

Some have cited the comfort and warmth with which we watched Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad as the highly successful Huxtables. Robin Roberts comes into our home every weekday morning – a bright, beautiful, courageous person. Colin Powell is universally respected. My wife and I have watched golf on TV solely due to the skill and graciousness of Tiger Woods. The penetrating interview skills and insights of Tavis Smiley have made his broadcasts on NPR and PBS a must each week.

The list could go on and on of individuals whose lives and work have created incremental appreciation for and excitement about the many ways our lives have been African American citizens.

These individuals have helped pave the way for the election of our 44th President.

laurie taylor   January 19th, 2009 12:55 pm ET

This is such a awsome moment in time and i even being in thornhill ontario canada am feeling such joy to know that it is our time and we are simply walking out what is ordained and barack Obama is Chosen to excecute what he burdened to do for such a time as this!!!

its truly a great day

Henryval Osemeke   January 19th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

Oboma's inauguration means alot to the whole world...its history in the making..Obama has greatly Inspired me and everyone around me..YES CAN is the major inspiring word that propells one to greater height..there are lots of Activites out here in Abuja Nigeria for Our own Obama's inauguration,every where you go,its all about Obama...this great day of Joy is for the whole wide world, to me. this is the fairest elcetion through ages that cut across, tribes,race, continent,colour or belief...

Tina Murillo Segler   January 19th, 2009 1:05 pm ET

As a campaign volunteer, I worked very hard to make this happen....MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Sachin Munshi   January 19th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

Barack Obama's inauguration is truly a spectacular moment in this country's history. The United States has come a long way in making this possible, but I believe more still needs to be done to end racial bias throughout the nation. I'd like to add that since my family is Hindu by religious affiliation, I was amazed to hear my mom say that Barack Obama is somewhat of a reincarnation of Martin Luther King Jr. in that his inauguration is a fulfillment of MLK's dream and a form of forgiveness to the ones responsible for his murder, and to those individuals that were involved in discrimination against blacks in this country before the advent of the Civil Rights Movement.

Gary Weaver   January 19th, 2009 1:13 pm ET

I used to live in the D.C. area, And I can tell you that on a normal Tuesday, The traffic coming in on Rts. 95, 66 and 50 are in a state of gridlock. How are the people staying in the (booked up hotels ) 2 hours ( or more ) outside of town, Going to get anywhare close to town on Tuesday ?

Paulette Roberts   January 19th, 2009 1:17 pm ET

I believe God has opened the eyes of the heart of humans so that they could see Obama through God's eyes and my prayers is that he will make this great country proud by doing all the things he had promise. everthing takes time, but he has a commitment.

Larry Newman   January 19th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

I love your program but there are too many commercials that interrupt the flow of conversation. It seems that you just want to go from commercial to commercial and you are stunting the creativity of your guest and the timely topics you present. It is very frustrating to watch your show with so many interruptions.

margo martino   January 19th, 2009 2:41 pm ET

I feels like the country is holding it's breath and when the "moment" comes tomorrow the country will exhale and in taking it's next breath we hope to have the air no longer polluted with the politics of the past 8 years President Obama and Vice President Biden will provide this nation with fresh ideas to put our country back on track.

Amanda Roche   January 19th, 2009 2:57 pm ET

The beginning of a long journey into the soul of our nation as the new president elect takes office, and we witness the nation energize like never before in my lifetime; the sense of optimism alive in the hearts of citizens, like the light of a torch that never dies. The festivities open the doors to a new era and a new generation of dreamers. The dream, like the eternal light of Heaven, will live in the person of the president elect Barack Obama who has united us at a time of political upheaval, austere truths, and stale potentials. All of the above unleashes, like a trapped animal, running high and wild to reclaim Democracy, which is hanging through thin thread.

Amanda George-Dye   January 19th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

Hi Larry. I emailed what the Inauguration means to me on January 17th, but I just had to update you on a personal moving experience I witnessed yesterday. Me and my family was watching the "We Are One' concert and as the program began, and for the first time, my husband wept (African American). It was moving because he was proud of Obama's victory but he was quiet. I saw an earlier comment and an individual wrote how people were moved by the circumstances of change in America and I, myself, cannot hold a conversation without tearing up so this was a moving experience on a personal level. Thank you.

David Kohane, D.M.D.   January 19th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

January 19, 2009

Dear Friend,

A lack of faith in God and strife between individuals and nations diminishes everyone. When
we recognize God's Hand in our lives, respect our differences and work together for common
goals, Mankind can reach its highest potential. For this reason, I embarked on my mission to
foster spirituality and ecumenicism. I have been encouraged and helped by countless people
of different racial, religious, and socio-economic groups. I have made tremendous strides as
I continue to work to spread spirituality and unity to all people.
This past year has been devastating to the world. From the economic meltdown and the global
recession, to the latest terrorist massacre in Mumbai, the events of 2008 have shaken people to
the core. Like many others, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of events. I felt the flame of faith
within me getting weaker. To calm my anxiety, I sat down and wrote a personal prayer. Once
I had written it, I felt peace and clarity about facing life's increasing challenges. Writing my prayer,
"Time for Unprecedented Faith", reminded me that there is only one way to achieve inner
security-turning to God.

As its says in Psalm 121:
I Lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

I hope and believe that the words of my prayer can be a source of strength and faith for all.
I have shared it with friends and acquaintances, and would like to share it with you also..

I would like to share my prayer with it's message of love, hope, and trust in God
with President-elect Barack Obama and the American people at the Inauguration
on January 20. 2009. Please share this prayer "Time for Unprecedented Faith"
with your colleagues in this historical and remarkable time of hope.
Please email comments to

With heartfelt blessings and best wishes for a healthy and enlightening year,

David Kohane, D.M.D.

Founder and Chairman
Art 2 Inspire, Inc.

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   January 19th, 2009 4:31 pm ET

Ok Larry here it is all spread out for you people look to higher power people no matter who lie God,the pope the president priest i mean there are alot and most if not all work for or did with the goverment and still to this day they can stand on there stage every 4 years or when ever they go out for any kind of votes anyrthing when they speak to use we still listen and they keep feeding the same stuff and we keep listing i mean go look at the past 50 years and tell me where the govermen did not use use and lie to use so to me this is just another speach will nothing to come of it and i have accepted that so i took my own life back into my owe hands so i can make my self a peter person and welthy enough to take care of my family no more will i relie on the goverment i relie on my self no lol have a good day all

Paul Shepherd   January 19th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

Hey Larry,
I am seventeen years old and although I was unable to vote, I made sure other friends of mine who could did. President-Elect Obama has shined a light on a very dark and divided path in our nation. The Inauguration of President-Elect Obama means so much more to mean what i can explian in words. It is profound that he has embraced the tasks at hand despite the enormity of them all. But for a short note, this Inauguration means to me that even though we face troubles and have a history that makes us noticable among all the nations in the world, we always pull together when there is a leader that shines over all our problems. Obama has proven himself worthy of the title of President of the United States. This Inauguration means that my life still has hope in spite of all the 'chaos' that is going on. For this, I thank Presient-Elect Obama.

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   January 19th, 2009 4:36 pm ET

god bless all and good luck

Jack Oatim   January 19th, 2009 4:52 pm ET

I can not believe all the praise and adoration being heaped upon this man we really know very little about.He probably has as little experience in governing as any president we have ever had.
Having said that, I wish him the very best as our president but just because he is from a biracial union has no bearing on his ability to govern. Let's see if he tries to bring to justice those in high places that through their greed and avarice have brought our nation financial peril.

Jennifer   January 19th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

Obama's presidency means that for MOST Americans,we have come out of the Dark Ages. We have a chance at "the symphony of brotherhood" as King said.This time we got it right. We elected someone who can unite rather than divide.
During the political debates, I actually had a grade school teacher say to me, "Barack Obama doesn't even have an American name, I hope he doesn't win," to which I replied, " I thought we were in America, the great melting pot, that's what America is supposed to be about, equality for all, and, by the way, my parents were immigrants without an "American name." There was no reply from her. I shutter when I think this person, this feeble minded person is teaching our children. We have a long way to go, but this is a great start.

Janet Quinn   January 19th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

Why is Barack Obama referred to as “the first African American” president instead of “the first bi-racial” president? He is as much a white man with an American heartland lineage as he is a black man with a Kenyan heritage. Barack Obama is not a black man talking about the need for racial unity, or a white man standing with his African American brothers and sisters in their struggle. The very person of Barack Obama IS racial unity, and America elected him president! It is this fact that makes this event most compelling to me. In this embodied unity, in the very being of the new American president, every person, of every race, in every part of the world, can live in hope that one day, the whole world will live in such unity. May it be so.

joanne from Sudbury ontario canada   January 19th, 2009 6:04 pm ET

To quote Justin Timberlake, the world now has a little "SWAGGER" in their step and as of tomorrow we must make sure that the SWAGGER never stops:)

Lois Mathieu   January 19th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

All our words spoken of freedom and unity; our pledges made with hand over heart; our Constitution shaping our values and beliefs; our flag symbolizing what we say we are – now it all makes sense. The glory is ours to share with the world!

Darly   January 19th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

Hi, I congratulate the US for this victory that will mark history. I'm from Curaçao. Whenever I see this man, my heart fills with joy. There's going to be a great change coming into the world. Barack Obama is number 1. I will be praying for the whole US. God bless the USA.........God bless Barack Obama!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!

radica nirmallarajan   January 19th, 2009 6:51 pm ET


Mieke Bevelander   January 19th, 2009 7:27 pm ET

My humble pre-inauguration observations.

A brilliant and compassionate mind in the person of Barack Obama, is illuminating a Path;

From carelessness To mindfulness
From cynicism To optimism
From despair To hope
From shame To pride
From judgement To empathy
From divided To united
From the silence of lethargy To the sounds of action
From the shrug of isolation To the embrace of cooperation.

Best wishes from a canadian neighbour.
Mieke Bevelander

AFZAL KHAN (TORONTO)   January 19th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

After following Obama's primary followed by his life experience,I cant remember anyone refer to him as THE PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT. If not,as of today, I would like him to be called "THE PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT".
BARAK OBAMA is exactly what this world need today. He is a sign of HOPE ,UNITY and ROLE MODEL for the human race.

John Jay   January 19th, 2009 8:15 pm ET


Now is the time to put all politcal party mess aside. We find ourselves at a juncture where we can define our future. This moment is yours and mine together, right now we can change the direction we are headed. The election of Obama is only a snapshot of how far we have come as a nation but the true test will be how far we can go. Right now the world is looking to the United States to reclaim its place in the world order and in order for us to do so we need to work as one nation under Yahweh (the Hebrew name of our Father), one President and all people. If any of you have served in the military back in the 80's and early 90's we had the respect of the world but all that has changed. Now is the time to re-establish our place as the world leader. In case you haven't notice there are alliances being made for our demise; Russia, China, Venezula, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and last but not least Bin Laden. I'ved stated and all is documented about the alliance that would form between these countries with one common goal: to bring the United States down, especially Russia. America we are fighting for our survival, I suggest you turn off the Rushlimbaughs, Hannity, Holmes, Coulters of the world and do what we need to do to preserve our way of life. This is no longer about DEMO, REP, Liberal; it's about survival. The task ahead of us is daunting but we as Americans can arise to the challenge. President Kennedy once said. "Ask not what your country could do for you but what you could do for your country." Now is that time. Let's get to work!

Renee Morris   January 19th, 2009 8:30 pm ET

Am I the ONLY person who is disappointed in this country for not touting Barack Obama as the "First Biracial President"? We have had every opportunity to bring black and white together by telling the truth....Mr. Obama is NOT African American, and we could have made great strides in promoting positive racial differences by just telling the truth. He is biracial. Born to a white mother, raised by white grandparents, went to white schools, etc. His African father had zero influence on his life, and his relatives in Kenya didn't even know about him until a few years ago. I am appalled that this whole thing has turned into a 100% African American success story, with no comment regarding his white roots. Shame on America for promoting half-truths! I am deeply disappointed.

Patricia Morris From Louisiana   January 19th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

It means the beginning of the end of a long, hard struggle for equality in the United States. Despite a government built on ideals of freedom, and the fundamental rights of every man/woman, resistance to fully embrace equality for all has been present in this society for years. However, with the election of this countries first black president in President-elect Obama, it is clear the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has come a long way.

Even though bigotry and ignorance yet exist in some areas of America, America more than ever before, and perhaps more expeditiously than anyone imagined, has now fulfilled a promise as the Land of Opportunity – and is a light shining in the past darkness of inequality, in leading the way to limitless potential for all her citizens, and does send a powerful message to the rest of the world that America is truly "our brothers' keeper," and we CAN work together as one. Yes We Can, has now changed to Yes We Did!!!

As a Black Woman, I am proud to call President-elect Barack Obama our President, and do thank and give kudos to all who came together to see this momentous election of America's first Black President come to fruition.

Pat Hooker   January 19th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

A poem for Barack:

I saw YOU
Standing on the Lincoln Memorial
Looking out into tomorrow
Will lead us there
Lead us...
Out of this oppression..
have the vision
to see what we cannot
will pave that road ahead of us...
will cut through the obstacles
that keep us from moving forward
Because YOU
have the dreams for our nation
the faith to make it happpen
the people of AMerica
will follow you
down that open road
that YOU made possible
with your vision and strength
will do what is right
And correct the wrong
And then America will once again
be strong!

Steve   January 19th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

it isn't just that he tells us the truth. It's that he trusts us, the public, to know the truth. He let's us in and trusts us to be intelligent enough to understand what and why. The previous admin. "didn't think that we could handle the truth".
Liberty is sometimes dangerous. But it is worth it.

claudia dubreuil   January 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

my throat is tight, my eyes are filed with tears, and my heart is matter if i am in desperite need of money, of support, of encouragement, i will put these feelings and hard moments aside to give place in my life to this historical moment. let us not forget this moment and use it in our lives in times of crisis. for `yes we can"

claudia, province of Québec, Canada

Aaegie, Toronto, Canada   January 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

President-Elect Barrack Obama inauguration'sgives a face to the invisible demograghics within the black community world wide, the demograghics of educated, successful, hardworking professionals whose faces are hadly seen.

Dr Kaushal K Gupta, MD.FACP   January 19th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Lot of excitement in the air, mixed with some apprehension. I wish him very best of luck. As for medical national problems, it appears that my patients already gave good solutions to transition team of Obama.
What is e-mail address of President Barrack Obama? He wants to be accessible to public, isn't it? Thanks.

MARC   January 19th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

From Ottawa Canada, would like to congradulate all AMERICANS on their new day with President Obama...Your future is going to be strong...God Bless you all

Kathy from North Carolina   January 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

It is just amazing to me that with all of the financial woes this nation is facing, that more than $150 million dollars will be spent on the inauguration of the man who wants us to believe he will be the one to change it. Not a very good start-we lead by example. There are many, greater needs for all this money. It certainly won't make him a better or greater president.

Amy Williams   January 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET


I am disappointed in you and all of your guests that speak so highly of Barack Obama, which is wonderful, and I am also excited for the change in leadership which is especially meaningful to so many Americans, however, I believe it is also important to thank the service of George W. Bush, for the past eight years, as the outgoing President, too. This is a very meaningful and poignant transition to him, too.

Bush was voted into office two times and has lead this country through a safe post-911many years, despite any mistakes within his administration, despite the terrible press he receives from the hyper-Democratic-biased media, and the blame game that most every irresponsible American-young and old-likes to place on him. History will be better to this man than his fellow Americans have. When will someone say Thank you to George W. Bush on national T.V. and honor the good that he has done? I am sure hoping this will be Barack Obama tomorrow when he gives his acceptance speech if not before. I am waiting for someone to do the right thing.

As we all celebrate these wonderful times and inauguration days of our 44th President and the exceptional man that he is, we must pay tribute to the wonderful man that preceded him in the office of the Presidency. President George W. Bush gave all of us all of himself for the past eight years and I respect him, am thankful for him, and hope for him as much as I respect, am thankful for, and hope for my new President, Barack Obama.

Amy Williams
Bellevue, WA

Uso   January 19th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Hi Larry – I wish your show was longer than an hour! I also agree with one of the bloggers who said CNN is GREAT you all never say anything negative about Obama. I turned briefly to The O'Reilly Factor earlier and it seems he is a prejudice person. He loves talking negatively about Obama. That's not nice! I also love Anderson Cooper's show and I really like the lady who was hosting the show before yours came on tonight. She looks genuinley proud and happy to be reporting for this Inauguration.

What ever happened to the deep voice that use to say "THIS..... IS CNN"? I forget the name of the actor (I think he was the father in Eddie Murphy's movie Coming to America) but you should put that back because it sounds great!

Brittany   January 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Hi Larry, I am 21 yrs old and couldn't be more excited to experience this historical moment . It is a moment I will never forget and can tell my future children someday. I will continue to pray for Mr. Obama and hope that he will be a relief to the United States in the coming years and that the American people give him a chance.

leah fletcher   January 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

The inauguration of President Obama convinces me that all things are posible. He has the presence and stature of a modern David portrayed throughout the bible as a man after God's own heart. He inspires both the poor and disenfranchised as well as the rich and powerful. He has caused each of us to pause for a moment and take a look within ourselves and not only vocalizr the mantra "Yes We Can.", but to take action and become involved in making our communities better. It has definitely inspired us to be more generous and caring of our neighbors. We are all one with God, one with America and one with all mankind. Thank you Mr. President. May Godspeed !!

William Lisby   January 19th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

There are several things that need to be addressed immediately once Obama takes his oath. We know about the conflicts in other countries and how it has to be addressed. However this historical turning point is about America. We all know that it effects other countries but it is about America and Americans. $750 billion dollars was thrown at an ecomincal change for financial institutions realizing that that was a mistake and it was. To fix America's problem how much money will be given to us to bring back up our economy and to support us and America's struggle that we have been going though for so long. Beacuse really the only way to bring these companies out of financial hardship is to bring up Americans. The stress that many people are under with financial problems and reaching out to go the this inaguration how long will American people have to stay on hold to this financial breakdown in society????

Yvonne Buehner   January 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I would have voted for Obama whether he was a Republican or a Democrat, and no matter what his religion or race, even if only his opponent was black because he was the better candidate. He is a humble and brilliant man who has amazing knowledge and is motivating, morally sound and open-minded. He gathered the best cabinet – possibly in history – but at least in my 48 years of voting.

I’m proud to know that I am part of the majority of Americans who are overjoyed at the poignant timing of this great historical event that will always be remembered as coincidetally being the anniversary of MLK's dream and an update culminating with the election of our first African-American President.

Sandi   January 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Larry, being from Canada, I remember asking my mother when I was little, what was all this talk about black people that we'd hear on the news from America. My Mom, who was a nurse, told me when those babies were born, they were just the same as us, just a different skin pigment. That stuck through me for all my life. I think it would be great if CNN would talk to us others...what this has meant to us too... the fact that white Americans voted to put this man in. Not because of his color, but because of his vision, demonstrated leadership, and a true love for America, all Americans.

Rion Moran   January 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I am a conservative republican with 4 children. Throughout their lives I have tried to communicate that they can become whatever they want to do as long as they can be committed to do whatever possible to achieve their goals. Watching your program tonight has proven me right in my message to my kids. I hope that all my children have been watching for your show, and the events throughout this weekend in Barack Obama's inaugral coverage has brought that principle out in many ways and from many voices.

Rion Moran
Bellevue, WA

Aaegie, Toronto, Canada   January 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

To ed,vancouver, canada

As a fellow Canadian, I am highly embarrassed by your comments. I suspect your are from downtown east side vancouver, which explains it all.

Mary Ruth Dobbins   January 19th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Some are saying Obama is the Messiah! Well, he would dispute that, but he is encouraging us to do what Jesus taught ! to get involved in public service... to think big... to build bridges with the opposition... and keep your self control under pressure! And Jesus wasn't white either!

Sandi   January 19th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

to Kathy from North Carolina.... I have to disagree. So many NEED to celebrate this moment. This isn't a rock concert being put together, this is millions of Americans needing to witness this, be a part of it. A rock concert tour costs more... I don't think the price tag on this is wasteful. We need to celebrate how far this country has come, for just one day.... and then we need to get down to business

D. Cannon   January 19th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

This is one of the most exciting time of my life. Sorry that so many that fought, prayed and died for this time in history are not here to celebrate in person but I know in my heart they are here in spirit.

Douglas Paul Kosal   January 19th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

As a 27year old American white man that moved to Alabama from Alaska with 3 children with a American black woman, I thought that I was going to have to constantly protect my family. People, this was only 10 years ago! Not the case! It was one of my best duty stations as a Soldier. But! The law books stated that a man and woman can not marry outside thier race. A few unbelieveable, un human questions sometimes. But, Now the inbound U.S President is a product of a growing spirit. The overall thoughts of the people and our American pride as a spiritual brotherhood is getting closer natural eguality.


Steve Karr, Ph.D.   January 19th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Right now, I'm watching Jesse Jackson on your show, and saying to myself, he is the guy who referred to Mr. Obama with the "N word" when he thought he was off the air. Shame on you Mr. Jackson.

Rachel   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

While I believe any presient-elect deserves a proper inaguration, I am appalled by the amount of money spent (upwards of $150M). I believe it is far too excessive, particularly in this time of economic turmoil. It send the wrong message. I would have more respect if Obama had said that he wanted to event to be down played.

Givonna   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET


I feel like I have been waiting for Barack Obama my whole life. I cannot explain this great feeling.

I was reminded of Rep. Shirley Chisholm who ran for President back in the 70s. Can you talk about her a little? She was a great woman who should be remembered.

Barb   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Long live the memory of MLK. I was in HIgh school in the 50's and had many black f riends. Racism has a long way to go . I never saw color and I wish other whites would realize we are all human. God Bless Barack Obama. He is my hero.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eve   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I am so happy to be in this country and witness history being made. I only wish things could be same in Zimbabwe. Obama is a true man.

Leo Jordan   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

As a small boy in Waco, tx. knowing that my grandfather drove a truck that carried my mother and her sisters to the fields to pick cotton, and my grandmother going around begging for food and cleaning for white people like the Kultgen family (among other things they own a very big Ford dealership in Waco, that one of my uncles still works for) and she would take the clothes and food and hand it out to other families so they would at least have some food. I remember helping my grandfather taking his truck to haul trash for people to make money. I had so much respect for him and my only hopes were to be a respected trash man like him. Only after I grew up did I understand how they were degrading him by calling "Boy". I am now an IT manager in Clarksville, TN but this is way beyond that. Go Bama!!!!! the change started back in 2004!!!!

Regenia   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

As all have said it means HISTORY, but is also meaning coming together for America. I am watching from my home, and people are really showing unity.

LERESHA   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

How does Jessie Jackson really feel now! Considering his comment on a live mic? I don't believe he ever believed that this day would happen since he was unsuccessful at becoming President.

Leresha in Mississippi

B.J   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

This means a lot to me as an American, but the most important thing to me is that little black girls will have a beautiful intelligent woman to look up to who's not a singer, model, or actress.

Pete   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

It is wrong to spend so much money on the inauguration. 3 times more than any other when the country is in recession.

Terri   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

There are really no words to express how this makes me feel. What it does is it makes me believe that all things are possible and the power of hope and change is awesome!!!!!!

Lisa Schafer   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I'm very proud of our choice, Barack Obama, as the new leader of our country. But, as I sit here watching the show and wondering if I should return any of the items that I bought at the dollar store because I can barely afford them.....NOW I see that our new great leader who is going to lead us out of this crisis has now run up a 150 million dollar bill for his inauguration!! Can I please send him my dollar store bill to tack on to the inagural bill....I don't think anyone will notice. SHAME ON WHOEVER MADE THIS DECISION. I think every American should be sent an itemized bill of the inauguration so we can see WHERE OUR MONEY WENT!

Lisa Schafer, Houston, Tx

frederic1k   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

This is more than a historic moment for us all. It is the realization that dreams can be achieved if you can just believe. We all marvel at one man's accomplishment not realizing that we too have the same potential within ourselves to effect change and make an impact in this world. Hopefully the hope and inspiration that Barak Obama is bringing to this country will seep deep into the bloodline of America and cause us all to strive to be better Americans and better human beings.

Shoya   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Hi Larry the inauguration to me means a victory, not only for America but for the world. Maybe this is the missing link to world peace and unity.

Rita   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This inaugral means everything to America. President Obama has devine favor with our Lord. As we have been told, this is going to be expensive, but most of it is security. We have to protect him and his family because there are so many ignorant people in this world. A change has truly come!!!

Sean Hawkins   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This is long over due for our country but there is still more work to be done my 6 month old son can be what ever he wants to be we as a people can work together for the good thats what Im looking forward to seeing.

Versa Brown   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Told my student this for years, now I believe me. great day to be 55 and alive

Gail Luciano   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

This is a wonderful new beginning. Happy hearts, happy people. We as Americans can walk tall.

Joachim P Bonnetrouge   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Thanks Larry King & CNN

Our household here in northern Canada has been consumed with Obama and hopes for the past 6 months! He brings so much hope and is inspiring us all to be 'all that we could be"! Our small community has also endured many social injustices the past 200 years, but we survived and are now recovering as a people. This Obama message touches our very souls! I may not agree with all that the U.S. has been but today I proud to be in neighboring country that has demonstrated so much hope for the future.

Stay close to the Creator!

Joachim P Bonnetrouge
Fort Providence, NT X0E 0L0 Canada

Phone: (867) 699-3502

Greg   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

it is wonderful to have such promise of hope and change. This has been truly inspirational. It makes you want to become a better person yourself.

Carol Knoll   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

This is a great new beginning for America. We have made it to a point at which we can look with promise and hope to the future. I no longer feel that we are a country of Black, Whitem Asian,, Hispanic, Disabled, Able, but a country of Americans, all working towrd one goal of bringing ourselves together in peace and brotherhood. The finish line is still a far distance, but we are closer now than ever and I feel hope and joy that I am here in this country, witnessing this historic moment. It is great to be living in America and I congratulate President Elect Obama and wish him every siccess in his term of office.

QJ   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Words written or spoken can not begin to describe the meaning of this moment. I feel ten feet tall.

Maria A Gomez   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

This past year was my first time voting, I had just become a citizen in April 2008 and I made it my priority to spread the word on voting to everyone I could. I have been glued to CNN and HBO this past weekend watching coverage. And without fail, I tear up every time, because this means, that my children WILL have the ability to become president. Obama is such an inspiration to so many people. People are already criticizing the cost of the inauguration, but you know what, this is the FIRST African American president! This is the first time that an inauguration is THIS big and EVERYONE is watching, not just in the states, but AROUND THE WORLD!! Americans are NOT the only one's that are excited. Yesterday's "We are One" event made me feel so patriotic like I never have. I am PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!

Cecy   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I understand how much this inauguration means to blacks across our country – but I wish someone would remember and give tribute to the countless whites (males especially) who stepped aside or were stepped over in the name of Affirmative Action. Credit needs to go to those predominately white Major corporations who willingly (in most cases) agreed to do the right thing with Affirmative Action. To me – this deserves as much credit for the progress blacks have made, as Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights Activists.

Farren L. Oglesby   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

It is confirmation that Americans (African) can be and do anything that we desire, that no matter what others in this society my think (ego), individual or collectively to try and hold us back, ultimately, what will be will be. Also, in the words of Eckhart Tolle we will either evolve or die. The collective ego of this society has caused great harm and has kept us from evolving to real greatness; we could be much farther if we would abandon this ideology that whites are better than everybody else. In the words of President-elect Barack Obama, we are one, we are one society, we are one, we are one and this is what this inaugaration means to me.

Ms. Farren L. Oglesby

RebeccaLynn   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

This election is a very meaningful event for our Nation; however, I feel it imporant for our Country to acknowledge that this is the first multiracial President. Certainly, that is how it is defined according to the U.S. Census Bureau on race. By not doing so, it discredits the guidance and support that President elect Obama received from his mother and grandparents, which support ultimately provided the strong foundation for this young multiratial child to thrive and achieve many great things.

Bonita   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

This Inauguration signifies a great moment in history for the African American Community and for America in general. It is certainly one of the proudest moments in my life. I am greatly anticipating arriving in Washington D.C. tomorrow morning to witness this great historic event.

Lorne   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Dream That Became Reality
Thank You!!!
Fun Day!!!

Gloria   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I am overwhelmingly happy to see Obama as the first Black President of the USA. I never dreamed that a Black Man would be president before a White Woman. I always believed that a Black Man would someday become president, but not in my life time.

Phil Roberts   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET


Regarding comments about the high cost of the inauguration celebration, thousands of us (millions?) have donated to help with the cost. My modest $25 is well spent!

Phil Roberts

Jan Winston   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET


I do not know why everyone is so concened about the cost of the gala events being presented tonight and tomorrow because each event is charging each person an admission fee to attend. We are spending approximately $500 each to attend three events, and there are six of us.Th mediia is sounding like the Demoncratic National Committee is paying all this money, when we re paying our own way to have a good time. It is not like the win party at the Hilton/Pasadena after the election.
I am so very proud to be an American and witnessing this event.

betty   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

every single time i see barack, it makes me smile and very happy

Lamin A K Jarjou   January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Althought I have being living in this greate country for about eight years. I feel like I am already in haven, and am so happy knowing that this greate country is about to witness a greate moment in its history.

RebeccaLynn   January 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

This election is a very meaningful event for our Nation; however, I feel it important for our Country to acknowledge that this is the first multiracial President. Certainly, that is how it is defined according to the U.S. Census Bureau on race. By not doing so, it discredits the guidance and support that President elect Obama received from his mother and grandparents, which support ultimately provided the strong foundation for this young multiracial child to thrive and achieve many great things.

Francisco Caraballo   January 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Larry, I became a citizen of this great country several years ago and I would not change it for anything in the world. People from other countries have as luxury some of the basic things we have here. Tomorrow is just another example of how great we are as a country. I m sooooo proud of our President, and sooooo proud of our country. I will make sure my children know that "the sky is the limit".

Francisco Caraballo

michael hardinger   January 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Seal said it all! Change is gonna come. And I am extremely satisfied.
After 8 years of lies and cronyism, the America we love is back. What a wonderful day!

kwasi acquaah   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

obama is the person i think could run this country and i am proud to be black

Jack van Dijk (European)   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Want to throw away another $150,000,000, go ahead. I voted for Obama, not for hupla, you are bunch of kids. Any decent first world country, even the English, had Obama in the saddle on November 5. Bunch of kids, just throw away $150,000,000.

Baltazar   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

This inaguration means a lot not only for the american people but for all human being on the face of the earth, for the people of peace and those who love one another. Specially for the african american people. I am confident Obama will end the war, he is not a war man. He is the president of the people and for the people. He is the real maverick. GOD BLESS him.

Tony Borg   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

The good always supersede the bad.
Bush's War was overcomed by the peace, intelligence and kindness of Obama.
Obama you have showed the world, that justice always reign over inequality.
God bless President OBAMA.

Lisa Sims   January 19th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

The stars have literally come out tonight! Although I can't be in D.C. during this special time, I am anxious to get to work Tuesday morning as I teach middle school students in Ohio and I look forward to spending the day with my students celebrating this historic Inauguration Day with them. I hope it is a day they will always remember and their lives will forever be changed and better because Barack Obama will accept the keys to The White House and their future.

I have led 8th grade students from Everts Middle School in Circleville, Ohio to Washington, D.C. every May for the past 7 years. I always get excited to see their eyes at every site in DC but this year will be extra special and historic. I don't think I've ever been this excited in January though, for the trip to come in May.

Lee Dingee   January 19th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Larry, I did not participate in your Quick Vote because my household will not be watching the over-rated inauguration.

Lee in Georgia

Leigh Dudley   January 19th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I am so excited, to think of all the hope this wonderful man has given us, just amazing, I am so hopeful, and so thrilled that this day has finally come, I wonder how all the black men and women for whom this country was not a great one feel looking down from the heavens, I bet they are smiling. This country was built on the backs of slaves, and now we have a black president, it's been a long time but as the song states simply "A change is gonna' come" I am just tickled....

Joe Carney   January 19th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

These are the days we read about....................................

Yvette Earley   January 19th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

As far as the cost in concerned, I believe after what we have been through the past 8 years, the country's overwhelming response to this election has created cost challenges that are unprecendented, but necessary and not at all unwelcomed!

Marilyn   January 19th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

From Canada, a great choice for President of the United States of America.. because I dont live with my head in the sand I am fully aware of the struggles of the African Americans throughout the years, my problem however is that for the President of the United States to represent the country it must be the entire country, I believe that Mr Obama would do that, however I do not believe he is being celebrated for his merits and intentions but because he is black.
Had the white Americans dared to say at any point during the past " we have elected a white president "there would have been outrage ( and rightly so) I understand that this is historical, but his being elected President is what counts.... regardless of colour, when I was asked by one person if I was going to Washington tomorrow, I was laughed at by another " why would SHE want to go" she, being me, being white... hmmmm why not. My entire point being that we should all remember that THIS President of the United States is in fact the President..................period!!
From my point of view its a good choice and hopefully a good thing for the world and although I am not matters.

Lee   January 19th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

It amazes me how some will complain about the money being spent on one our countries best moments. Where are those voices while we spend that same amount every 30 minutes on the war'

Luther Williams   January 19th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I am so happy to see this young Black man as president of the USA
I hope this will encourage all Americans to dream large and do the right thing by staying in school and studing hard and staying focused in order to accomplish their dream. I hope they realize that you don't have to be "born with a silver spoon in your mouth" to accomplish your dream.

Clare   January 19th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

It may sound like a lot of money to put together such a celebration, but I hardly think he is thinking of himself as a king. It was a celebration that all people of all races fought to partake in after the last eight years. Obama worked the trenches of poverty, when they need to be changed. I do remember a Vanity Fair article called "King George" however. Someone who thought his base was the very rich.

samuel junior taylor   January 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

hi larry king, this inaguration means the world to me. as a young man living in the bahamas, i have always shared in america's joys and pains. this is such an event. i feel as if america has finally grown up
and hopefully all around the world we can all be one people, regardless of colour or creed. god bless america, god bless barak obama

javier angeles   January 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

when bush was reelected, i told a friend that the worls coul not withstand another 4 years, that this person is dangerous for world peace. during the campaign and election of mr barack obama, for the first time in my life, i wished i was a us citizen so i could vote for obama. i am a proud mexican and i have, as many persons all around the world a lot of hope for a very sucsesfull presidency.
javier angeles

b daniel   January 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Even though the call was for a different purpose, Obama's rise to President-elect of the USA can be compared to Isaiah 6:1-8 in the Bible. It is as if America asked, "Whom shall we send to the White House, and who will go for us?" Obama answered," Here am I; send me! So, we sent him. Thanks Obama for accepting the call. Dr. King would be proud.

Vincent   January 19th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

This inauguration means everything for me when considering the world my two teenage daughters will grow up in. Very different from what even my young hispanic generation has ever seen.

People are spending so much time surprised that we are going to watch the first black man become President tomorrow, instead why not embrass that fact that this is the true meaning of our United States of America. This is just another step of the growth of our young country.

We should all be very proud of our process; their is no other country in the world like the America.

Ron from Georgia   January 19th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

You may be wondering CNN why you are getting no negitive comments concerning your Obama network. It is because you have lost all of them. You now have another Black Network. You need to wake up and give up your cause. Your :"no bias not bull:" is nothing but BULL

Paul Dietrich   January 19th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I'm a caucasian, 70 years old. I grew up in the "whites only" environment in Florida. Even as a child, I was embarrassed and disturbed by all the rules and regulations and signs reminding us all that being black was not good enough. My heart and my psyche filled as I watched Barack Obama move toward his and our destiny these past two years. I am simply and profoundly proud of where we are.

Pat Donohue (Canada)   January 19th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

This Inauguration is bigger then words can say. But i am so thrilled to be part of history. Our childern and grandchildern donot realize the importance (we are ready for change all over the world and now you have the man to show use all the way to get there and it is going to take time. (Thanks )

Jorge Varillas   January 19th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Dear Mr.King;
First of all I'd like to tell how much I love your show. And now my comment: I am neither white nor black and yes I am very proud of the great accomplishment that we (Americans) have made. And that is; tohave elected an African American as a president. And altuogh there is still prejudece in the US some of us (I am not but I must count myself among all Americans) non whites who are not doing much to help with this problem. I love football and it BOTHERS ME A LOT to see that black athletes do not do enough to be part of the solution. If you notice that when a black athlete scores and/or does something good they all go congratulate him, but when a whit athlete does some of the same very few black congratulate him. And belive it or not when it does it makes me happy. Now, college football is another story they all pull together and that is one of the reasons I like to watch it. I live in a small town in Texas and it is so nice to see that there is not many walls between races like in the big cities, and I wish they could see the big diffenrence that makes. Tonight (01-19-'09) as I was watching your show I saw that your were interviewing some very well known gentlemen (Mr. Jackson, Mr. King and others) and I thought that maybe you could do something, by asking these gentlemen to mention this kind of act to people who do them, and maybe this would help with the prejudecy that is still here in the US. Like I said I am neither white nor black and I do not see colors.

Thank you very much.


P.S. I don't know if what I said makes any sense to you. So; if it doesn't I would be glad to elaborate.

Taylor   January 19th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

My name is Taylor and i am 13 yrs old, when i was growing up i never really knew about racisim and all of the discrimitory acts towards african-americans, my mother was the one who told me stories on how my grandmother saw signs that said "White Only". Now i am more aware of what has happened and what is still existing now. Seems to me like Dr. Martin Luther Kings dream has come true. Finally change has come to america.


Maria A Gomez   January 19th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Well said Lee!!! I thought, but don't we spend more on the war every couple of hours??? And its a war that people want ended...But you know what...there is always a party pooper...that is what I call a 'hater'. I hate to say this, but I HIGHLY doubt the celebration would be this big, if McCain had won...HIGHLY doubt it...could be wrong, but I'm almost convinced that I'm correct. We as a nation are going through one of the best moments in our nation's history...just ENJOY it...soak it in...

Judi Crockett   January 19th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

What the campaign meant to me was, in fact, how very little average Americans that I talked to considered the race factor. They were voting for an individual who just happened to be black. On a personal level, my grandfather was born in 1863 in Kentucky and his daughter, my mother, stood in line to vote for our first black president. It is a real source of pride to see how far my nation has come towards realizing the 'dream'.

Diane Radack   January 19th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I am glued to the T.V. I can actually feel the energy! I wish I could be there in person but this is the next best thing. Never in history has an inauguartion opened it arms to all of us. I feel so much a part of it and I
feel so inspired to do my part. I have hope ! Thankyou CNN and MSNBC for keeping us up to date on everything . How fantasic to have a president who is a REAL PERSON. HE helped paint that house today and he shows up at local restaurants to eat and he laughs , he talks to us. IT is all so fantastic!

James Buster Jones   January 19th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Larry I am 97 years old will be 98 on Feb.20th. I was born and raised
in Alabama. I am a retired Coal Miner and I live in Louisville, Ky.
I have seen a lot of things in my lifetime and I think Marti Luther King was a very smart man and he done a lot for the people to make a different in this country but I never thought I would see a black President in my lifetime. I am so happy for him for he will make a change for everyone because he has such good ideals for the nation.
Yes we can have a new out look on life both the elders and the young
from coast to coast.

Elizabeth Salmon   January 19th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I am not an American and I do not live in the USA, but I am truly moved by the charisma and potential of Barack Obama! In fact, so many people from around the world are! How proud the late black activists would be! For the first time, I am interested in and excited about American politics. For the first time, I actually care what's happening in the USA. I wish the President elect, God's richest blessings and I will pray that he is given the requisite support not just by his government but also by each and every American! What an exciting time to be alive!

Elizabeth from Jamaica

PAULA   January 19th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

The Best is yet to come! God's time is the best time!

Judy   January 19th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Larry, Are you kidding me? $150 MILL. spent on this inauguration ceremony? When I go to bed at night, I find myself saying a prayer for all the homeless families out thier in the world who have lost thier jobs because the economy is so bad. Where is the CHANGE we still pray for? May God bless all the little children who will go to bed tonight hungry. keeping it real , Judy.

Harriet Robertson   January 19th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I will never forget election day, there was a woman in line who had just gotten her citizenship in Feb. and she was voting for the first time. She was so excited, she brought her camera, she had all her papers together. I watched and talked to her as I saw parents bringing children to the poles. This was history, I realized WHAT A COUNTRY. GOOD LUCK MR. PRESIDENT

Jean Gardiner   January 19th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

I am not an American, I have always wished I was as a Canadian, but never more than at this time and at this moment. I have never been prouder of my neighbour country. To put Canada and Canadians in perspective as far as the United States of America goes one must go back several decades to where television did not possess the myriad of channels as it does today. Canadians were able to tune into a few channels and of those channels several were American. Canadians, not even by choice really, have been the beneficiary of American culture and American media for decades. In that way, not even by choice really, our culture has been assimilated with American culture. Our politics and laws may be based on the British system but our culture is entirely based on the USA.
Because of that fact, this election, means more to Canadians than the American media which has influenced our desires can ever acknowledge. Canadians were the first to view Roots right along with the Americans because we received the same media channels. We felt and lived the experience of that mini series. Before Europe or the middle east were privy to many American events; Canadians were there to experience them at the same time and at the same moment. We, for decades, have lived the American experience through the media at the very same moment as Americans.
We, and our feelings as Canadians will not be acknowledged because as a small neighbour of your country and a country that really is easy to ignore, we go unnoticed.
To Canadians as a whole, this American experience is as exciting and tear jerking and unbelievable as it is for many Americans.
Good for you America, you chose an amazing man to represent your country. I as an individual am envious, I am envious that you had the chance to vote for someone who is so real and so amazing.

Wanda   January 19th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

From Gloster, Mississippi

A CHANGE has finally come.

MARIE   January 19th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

The inauguration to me means change has come. Change for America, not just for me as a black woman, but for america. To have a black president in 2009 to me change has come. Needless to say I welcome that change.

Vincent   January 19th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Obama becomes President tomorrow but it does not erase the racism which is still very much alive in our country.

Barbara A. Robinson   January 19th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

"A CHANGE IS GONNA GONNA COME" INDEED, INDEED.. Hi Larry, I'm a child of the 60's Civil Rights Movement, I;ve been looking forward to this day since 1963, I was 22 years old when I believed this day would come, (I'm 67 now) but i never thought I would be alive to see Dr. Martin L. King dream begin! Once again I believe we can have a great country. I'm ready to help. Thanks to President Elect Barack Obama for allowing me to make the journey again.

God Bless America!
Barbara A. Robinson, Bakersfield, CA

Shimon Shaw   January 19th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

My name is Shimon I am from Jackson,MS. I am 13 years old. We are about to see our first African American President. This mean to me and the world that we can become something this, inspires me to work harder.

kathie patterson   January 19th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

What President Obama's Inauguration Means To Me
This is history so many Americans dreamed would become a reality. It is one of the steps in the right direction for Americans and the world. It is an inauguration that was prayed for, that Dr. Martin Luther King and others before him died for. This will be a moment that the souls of mankind all over the world will feel connected. Finally, some fresh air has arrived and just maybe there will be an end to worldwide violence, killing and stealing of their natural resources so they can enjoy longevity with their families. For Americans finally, we have a President who holds all of his citizens in high esteem from the infant to the elderly and sets all Americans welfare as his priority. It is an inauguration that was long overdue and thank God it is here. Change has finally arrived and i am a witness to it. My name is Kathie Patterson from Lincoln Nebraska.

Tasha M. - Vero Beach, FL   January 19th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I am a 32 year old black woman and last week I had a candid conversation with one of my co-workers who is a white male about 10 years older than me. He asked me (amongst other things dealing with the impending inauguration) "Why is it so important to African-Americans that Barack Obama is the new president? This is America in 2009 not the 60s, I don't get what the big deal is". The first thing that came to my mind is "is he serious?". 2009 or not, racism is still alive and while we have made MAJOR strides as a country, it is still apparent. If it weren't, the security at the inauguration wouldn't be the tightest it has ever been!! I told him that I have experienced personal incidences of racism as recently as last week. He seemed shocked. But I assured him that I don't dwell on it and that I don't let it ruin my day. I also told him that now, for many reasons, this country can honestly say that the glass ceiling has been broken. More than ever before we can prove to ALL of our children that their dreams are attainable and the country's expectations of us as African-Americans will hopefully become limitless. Our children will have an actual example of truly knowing that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. He then made a statement to me that he did not vote for Obama because of his lack of experience. I thought that statement was a little contradictory considering the present state of the country and the decades of experience in the Bush family. There is plenty of proof that experience means nothing when it comes to screwing up the country.

I truly wish all of God's blessings on the Obama family and for the future of our country. I also hope that people remember that he is human and will make mistakes. I am proud to be a black woman in 2009 and to be able to say that I have been witness to another monumental moment in history, but I am beyond proud to say that I am an AMERICAN!!! And that we are FINALLY the UNITED States of America.

Let's work together to put this country back together!!! God Bless America.

rosemary mendoza   January 19th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Thoughtts on Cost $150 mill
I say this is great!! It is a historical occasion, and inclludes all the American people and other countries.

This is nothing compared to our tax dollars being given to investment org, banks and worst of all the big 3 auto industry that is aprivate business. This is robbing the American people twice, by paying taxes and now we have to pay for them to stay in business w/no internal monitoring systems!! I can't believe Congress thinks that the majority of the american people are o.k. w/this. They are elected to represent us -the american people and taxpayers. However, by the way Congress does things these days it's like what we say doesn't count. I pray to God that Obama is able to clean house.

Also, it was my understanding that the money used for this event was all donated = am I right or wrong? If I am right why didn't you say this on your program? This is not good reporting if you are leaving out important facts ,
Rosemary Mendoza, California

Judy Smith-Dutton   January 19th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

This is the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of so many people in America. We can look back and see how we got over. This Inauguration helps us all to recognize the importance of never giving up-a change will come.
Thank you President Obama for helping us to know that there is a future for all Americans. We are forever thankful for your perseverance.

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K.Hill   January 20th, 2009 12:15 am ET

I think it's AWSOME ! That a man is now a considered to be a man not black or white man, but a Man ! It is not an issue that he is a Black man !

Precious   January 20th, 2009 12:15 am ET

Hi Larry,

I'm writing from Jackson, MS and I am ecstatic about our nation's new president "Barack Obama!" As much as I am elated about America's progress, I would like to remind everyone that the work is not over. I believe we should take a moment like this, and build on it. I have been watching CNN all day, and there seems to be a recurring theme of "President Obama achieving Dr. King's dream." But if we stop and observe, the presidency of Mr. Obama is only a portion (actually beginning) of Dr. King's dream. Let us take this joyous time and progress forward. Thank you for reading this!

Dan   January 20th, 2009 12:20 am ET

I feel sorry for this country!!! This has brought to light the prevalence of racism in our country. We are trying to say that this is a great day and we have gotten beyond race, but it is the complete opposite!! We have elected a president based completely on his ethnicity. 80% of his supporters can not even tell you what he stands for. Be careful what you wish for you, you just might get it. We are about to inaugurate the least qualified president in the history of our country!!!!! At the worst time in recent history!!!!

cyndi   January 20th, 2009 12:21 am ET

This Inauguration means alot to me because it's showing us as African-Americans that we are just as good as any other ethnicity out there and not live up to the typical stereotype as being no good and whatever else you may hear about African-Americans. Barack Obama is also showing the young African-American men out there that it is okay to be smart and to follow your dreams regardless of what anyone has to say and for that we are all grateful.

Teresa Moon   January 20th, 2009 12:25 am ET

I have never doubted that a "black person" would have the character, knowledge and drive to be President of the United States. I am (pleasantly) surprised that the bigots in this country have been out voted, and the majority of our citizens have voted the best candidate into office.

Tony   January 20th, 2009 12:30 am ET

I've lost my home went to work for a mill here in Raleigh N.C. was
severely injured then laid off again with a sixteen year old daughter
with me. As a black man trapped in hell, Obama was the only choice.

Tara Ray   January 20th, 2009 12:42 am ET

When all this started between Hillary and Obama, I knew that history was going to be made. I don't have a problem with a Black President but I do have a problem with the racial slurs. Obama talks about not looking at color pretty much but that is what I have heard all day today. I am not a racial person.

One thing I heard today was "Most dead beat dads are black" that came from a black man today". But let a white man say that and all you know what would break loose. And that is the truth.

I feel that it will always come down to our color...

Don S   January 20th, 2009 12:45 am ET

I hate that Biden was picked as Vice President.

I live in Delaware and I am now forced to move to prevent any more psychological damage to my son. He was treated for post traumatic stress disorder from the two years of bullying, threats and assaults he received in a Delaware elementary school.
We complained monthly about the bullying for two years. Then the district sent a letter saying our son could not go to his classes if a substitute was in the room and he could only use the nurse's restroom. Sounds like segregation to me, especially since the threats seemed to be racially motivated and all of his tormentors were african american.

I took my son to a meeting with the governor, contacted the attorney generals office, federal dept of ed civil rights office – no one could or would not help me. I contacted Biden's office and got the same response there.

Did MLK die for nothing? Now we have a half black president and white kids can't get an equal education in american schools.

Peter   January 20th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Larry, keep going with the spirit of civil rights moments.
The key is not electing Barack as the first black president, but to make him a successful one, not like Jimmy Carter.

Homer   January 20th, 2009 12:49 am ET

The media is telling us Obama's inauguration is costing more than Bush's. Not true. Obama supporters have raised $45 million for the festivities. Bush supporters raised $42 milliion for his in 2005.

Security expenses are estimated to be over $100 million, which brings Obama's costs to over $150 million. Bush's security costs for the 2005 inauguration was over $115 million, according to a New York Times article last week. The total for Bush's 2005 inauguration was over $150 million.

Let's compare apples to apples. The cost are basically the same.
How about some truth in reporting all the facts.

Elaine Dunkelberger   January 20th, 2009 12:49 am ET

I think all the carrying on about Obama is getting very tiresome.. It's rather pathetic that CNN has had nothing else on but talk about Obama for the last 3 days, starting with the train ride.. Yes, it is a major historical event, but 3 solid days of it!!!!!! All the money, $150 million, could do so much good for all the poor and hurting people in this country, especially with the economy the way it is.. Please, remember Obama is not 'God', he is a human being like all the rest of us.. Of course CNN was a major helper in getting Obama elected – so what else can we expect..

Peter   January 20th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Larry, what's the most important here at this moment?
Is it really the race or the change (without regards to the color of skins)?

Peter   January 20th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Larry, it's the change and a new kind of breed for the Americans!

goni gawido   January 20th, 2009 12:51 am ET

i love AMERICA and OBAMA than anything

Peter   January 20th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Obama is about the new multi-cultural, racially blind American!

Sharon   January 20th, 2009 12:54 am ET

We have shown the world and citizens of the United States with hard work, you can become anything you dream of.

Peter   January 20th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Don't put it into racial or black!. It's about the victory of a new era! Color blind American! it's the triumph of the new immigration act of 1963

Scott   January 20th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Now it's true that with Obama. I can now tell my children that now they can do anything, including being president! I believe thIs Is the best thing that could have happened to this country.

Brenda   January 20th, 2009 12:56 am ET

This inauguration of Barack Obama means, I FINALLY FEEL LIKE I TOO AM AN AMERICAN, my sense of self-respect, pride and dignity has been moved up a number of notches. NOW IF ONLY THE PRESS, WILL STOP THEIR DIVISIVE TACTICS and let Obama do his job without the constant snipping and criticizing.

Peter   January 20th, 2009 12:57 am ET

A new era of America! this is not only the victory of black american, but the human race. It's not a small step for a black man, but a giant leap for the whole human race.

Gina   January 20th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I could write a book on what Barack Obama's being elected means to me and possibly to the entire country....however; as a 44 year old woman born and raised in THE BRONX New York, in a very diverse cultural and multi-racial county (i am Italian/German/Irish but AMERICAN first); I am hoping that he will PLEASE....INSITUTE THE TEACHING OF "EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE", as part of the CORE CURRICULUM IN ALL GRAMMAR SCHOOLS – after reading the book of the same title, by Daniel Goleman, i can safely say, that THIS IS THE ONE "CHANGE" that all of America can benefit from....we must help our children mature emotionally, and socially, in addition to teaching them basic academics....because so many kids parents are not EMOTIONALLY MATURE at home – they should be encouraged to participate in EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE SEMINARS AS WELL – the ability to communicate with and understand others will improve drastically – WE MUST END "WAR AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BTWN KIDS/PARENTS/SPOUSES/LOVERS" before we can ever hope for an end to WAR BETWEEN COUNTRIES....GOOD LUCK....Mr. President... PEACE & LOVE FROM A TRUE 60's LOVE CHILD – GINA 🙂

maryan s   January 20th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I am happy that finally part of MLK dream has been accomplished, but i think this country is not close to reaching the "I HAVE A DREAM" speech contents.

Alot of Americans said that Obama was a muslim, therefore questioned his qualifications as a president because of his hereditary NAME! please!

So what if he was a muslim?? MLK's i have a dream speech, dreamed about "JUDGING A MAN BASED ON THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER" not on what religion, color etc

I think we have a long way to go AMERICA!

Aissa   January 20th, 2009 12:59 am ET

President-elect Barak Obama's inauguration into the White signifies what America has so desperately needed: change, freedom, and true equality…we are finally one.

patrick   January 20th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Seal sounds good ....

Iswadi   January 20th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I feel safe once hear voice from President-elect Obama.

Raj Kapoor   January 20th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Why CNN and Larry King have all black people talking on the show and not getting others? Why there is no professor or teacher of Obama on the CNN show, because the stingy organization will not pay for their expenses for appearance and self promoting people are plenty and dime a dozen?

Miguel Moreno   January 20th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Barack Obama's Inauguration means a lot to us. The soon to be President has many positive goals. Those which can be very important to us as citizens.

I send the best wishes to you Larry and to Obama.

From NYC

Nancy Lamkin   January 20th, 2009 1:01 am ET

The Great Change, From hate and cruelty to love and brotherhood...
The United States Of America seems more like a lifestyle rather than a logo stamped on the letter head of our nation..
I feel a part of something better than what was, and look forward to acting in my part of the new UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

I welcome with open heart our President and family, I pray for the support our nation and world.

Joyce Ex   January 20th, 2009 1:02 am ET

The election of Barack Obama is perhaps the greatest irony of our time.

Here is a man who is half white, half black, raised & educated, by whites. Yet, he is called "black" because of old social customs that developed back during slavery when whites wanted to identify people with any black blood so as to keep them "in their place."

Now, we have black Americans supporting a "black" president who is as much or more white than black; and the very social custom that sought to hold blacks down is the one which helped get Barack Obama elected President of the United States.

What an irony all the way around!

Jody from Ohio and Germany   January 20th, 2009 1:03 am ET

We have a long way to go. In the urgency of now, let us tell our legislature that we want healthcare for every American, so that we no longer hold our heads in shame at our greed and selfishness. Let us have as our national focus the elimination of poverty rather than the pursuit of wealth at all costs. Come on, how much can we really spend on fancy rags or mindless entertainment. How about changing from getting all we can get, to paying more for what really matters in life, like firemen, policemen and soldiers who put their lives on the line every day, teachers, social workers or nurses, to name a few.

Let us assure that the elderly live a dignified life by means of a truly adequate universal pension, not just for the lucky few who last until retirement age with the right corporations or government agencies, but for all who labor and serve America. Fantasy , no, it already exists in many nations in Europe. We are an adolescent nation, let us finally grow up and realize that we are nothing if even one of us goes without. Let us not be frightened of something being taken away from us but rather let us focus on raising up all of our brothers and sisters, all of us, as Obama said, children of God.

So as the warm and fuzzy buzz of Inauguration Day slowly fades, and the temptation to lessen the momentum disappears, keep it going. Contact your Congressmen and Senators, and keep it up until they have passed legislation that truly changes America by ensuring the well being of every American. Hit and miss charity is a start but not a finally answer. Let's catch up with the rest of the civilized world and really change America.

Can we get beyond the taboo labels of ideology that often create fear and instead do what is good for our fellow man. Let us really do it. WE KNOW WE CAN.

Kathy   January 20th, 2009 1:05 am ET

It means gaining respect from other countries since our current administration destroyed that, I see such an excitement from so many people and I believe that President Obama will encourage the people of the United States to take responsibility for their own success and for our country's success. I have seen so many people chose to follow family tradition and blame race, religion as an excuse not to succeed. Barack advises us that he promises with hard work we can all succeed and he has proven this by becoming President of the United States against adversity. I hope ALL Americans can embrace, love one another, and take personal responsibility for changing the United States of America. God Bless All of my Fellow Citizens!

donna lowry   January 20th, 2009 1:06 am ET

I am delighted to have been a part of the election of President -elect Barak Obama. Have we forgotten that the President Elect is the result of a bi-racial marriage. He is the best of both worlds. He is a product of his environment, education and love and understanding of a loving family. Lest we forget, we are not talking about race or religion.

francisco azcona   January 20th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Im very unplesantly surprised why the champ, Mohammed Ali has not been interviewed regarding his thoughts and opinions on the election of Barack Obama as president....Has he been invited to attend the inauguration? Will he attend?
thank you, and best wishes to president Obama

Lanora Berry   January 20th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Dear Larry,
This inauguration means the beginning of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream coming to life. It is the beginning of courage to love your neighbor regardless of race, creed or color. It is the beginning of life for all of America. This is a great nation that we live in and now Dr. King's dream has a face. It is the face of every American that lives in this country. It is the embodiment of peace. The road that lies ahead is a great road full of new hope and a new focus for our nation. Barack Obama has been chosen to lead the way down that momentous yellow brick road. We will carry nothing that may be a load, we will just ease on down the road despite the obstacles.

Georgia Garrison   January 20th, 2009 1:08 am ET

Dear Larry,
This is a wonderful time. With Barack Obama becoming President Of The United States of America there is a catharsis for all white people. At last we are all free! This means so much to me and my family and we believe it is God's grace in giving us "Barack Obama." Thank you for your fabulous show and all of your guests and their comments and sentiments. As an ex-republican I can't tell you how happy I was to vote for this incredible man and his family. And it is such a change to see how inclusive he is. I believe we in America have been longing for a more peaceful way of governing and here it comes.

Iswadi   January 20th, 2009 1:08 am ET

Our new President Barack Obama is making history. His speech and action always gives us more encouraging.

Jody from Ohio and Germany   January 20th, 2009 1:10 am ET

We have a long way to go. In the urgency of now, let us tell our legislature that we want healthcare for every American, so that we no longer hold our heads in shame at our greed and selfishness. Let us have as our national focus the elimination of poverty rather than the pursuit of wealth at all costs. Come on, how much can we really spend on fancy rags or mindless entertainment. How about changing from getting all we can get to paying more for what really matters in life, like firemen, policemen and soldiers who put their lives on the line every day, teachers, social workers or nurses, to name a few.

Let us assure that the elderly live a dignified life by means of a truly adequate universal pension, not just for the lucky few who last until retirement age with the right corporations or government agencies, but for all who labor and serve America. Fantasy , no, it already exists in many nations in Europe. We are an adolescent nation, let us finally grow up and realize that we are nothing if even one of us goes without. Let us not be frightened of something being taken away from us but rather let us focus on raising up all of our brothers and sisters, all of us, as Obama said, children of God.

So as the warm and fuzzy buzz of Inauguration Day slowly fades, and the temptation to lessen the momentum disappears, keep it going. Contact your Congressmen and Senators, and keep it up until they have passed legislation that truly changes America by ensuring the well being of every American. Hit and miss charity is a start but not a finally answer. Let's catch up with the rest of the civilized world and really make that change.

Can we get beyond the taboo labels of ideology that often create fear and instead do what is good for our fellow man. Let us really do it. WE KNOW WE CAN.

SUSIE BABER ORLANDOFLA.   January 20th, 2009 1:10 am ET

As I sit here, white caucasion female...I've never been so Proud to watch this Historical event. This is not just for African Americans...this is for "AMERICANS" as well and we are proud to celebrate what is about to become an event we'll never forget. "Congradulations President Barack Obama" have our support...Orlando Fla.

Tara Ray   January 20th, 2009 1:11 am ET

Has anybody read the book of revalations lately. The rapture is soon to come. Has everybody forgotten the 10 commendents.

Deuteronomy CH.8 Verse 18
"And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it iswho give you power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is this day".

Verse 19
"Then it shall be if you buy any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other Gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish".

Verse 20
"As the Nations which the Lords destory before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God".

It seems everyone has made Obama the messiah there is only one messiah and he is alive so all this hype ya'll are giving him do you give the real messiah this hype in your daily life. Do you hoot and holler this much everyday for Jesus? Do you give Jesus this much publicity? As much as all the people in Washington DC right now that spent the money to go and watch this historical event did you pay that much in your tithing?

In closing the people we call a Nation need to think about what you have done....

Loretta   January 20th, 2009 1:14 am ET

Larry, The hype, all the actors, musicians, comedians, Oprah, etc. are at a point of nauseum! The black hype and all black crowds being seen scares me as to what the change coming really is!! People and Obama seem to have forgotten Obama is half white...or does he dismiss that part and only embrace the black muslim heritage of his father? Also, I'm disappointed that Obama approved the spending of 150M – 170M on the inauguration. He needs to follow his own words to the Am. people about not spending money we don't have. This historic event would have still been historic without spending the millions of dollars being spent on it. That money could have been used for so many other needs in our country right now. All I see is another politician...WORDS, WORDS, WORDS!!!

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