Posted at: 01/21/2013 4:00 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 4:42 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
DELMAR - First or second inaugural ceremony, make no mistake, the swearing in of the son of a African father and Kansas mother was still a very big deal to many of those who gathered in a meeting room at the Normanside Country Club.
"I wish my mother had lived to see that day because I never thought it would happen in my lifetime either, but bigger than that, he's just so qualified to be president," said Roslyn Jefferson of Albany. "I mean, I think he's got a lot accomplished. I think he's very intelligent. A good leader through very difficult and challenging times."
Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson said, "it's tremendously important to support the president, to support the country. This is an historic event, certainly, and for many of us, it's an emotional bringing together event, I think."
After Chief Justice John Roberts administered the ceremonial oath of office overlooking a crowd in the hundreds of thousands gathered on the mall where 50 years before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had given his "I Have A Dream" speech, those here in Delmar raised a glass of champagne to toast the president and the country.
When asked how she thought King would have reacted if he were alive today, Karen Williams of Colonie said, "He would be overwhelmed. He would be exuberant because this is something we've all thought about and it was just so far off and dreamed about but to actually see this as a reality, I think he would really be proud."