2008 News Archive - Holidays - Floridians watch history being made

21 01 2009

Thousands of people across Florida, no doubt including many on family holidays, gathered yesterday (January 20th) to watch the inauguration of the new US president Barack Obama.

More than 4,500 people attended the Adrienne Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts to watch the swearing-in of the 44th president on big screens.

It was an opportunity for those who could not travel to Washington to celebrate American democracy in action with their family members and friends, reports the Miami Herald.

Madeliene Rivera, 44, was one such person who stayed in Florida, despite having a ticket for the event in the US capital.

Her son Gregorio described the new president as a good role model.

"To see someone in the White House who looks like me, who is a minority taking the highest seat, inspires me," he commmented.

In his first act as president, Mr Obama has requested a temporary halt to trials being conducted at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

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