An electric crowd, chanting, waving flags, decked out in Obama shirts and hats crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Monday for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, marking the start of the second term of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
An estimated crowd of 700,000 people witnessed the public swearing in ceremony, and those who had some of the best views were members of Nebraska's Congressional Delegation.
10/11 spoke with Rep. Jeff Fortenberry who was just 45 to 50 feet away from the President and Vice President. He said, "the inauguration is about celebrating the peaceful transfer of power and the inauguration transcends differences and divides and is really a look back on our nation's founding."
Rep. Adrian Smith said, "Inaugurations are always historic and they're a good reminder of why we have elections. I would have liked to see the spending issue addressed a little more, but it's hard to address everything in a speech, and with the division of the last four years, the President did touch on some things to try to bring the country back together."
All members of the Nebraska Delegation including Representative Lee Terry and Senators Deb Fischer and Mike Johanns were all at the inauguration.