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People in Tri-Cities React to Presidential Inauguration

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A large number of people said they didn't watch President Obama get sworn in on Tuesday morning.

Some even said the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. Of course they were others who got up early, and tuned in for hours of national coverage.

"And will to the best of my ability, preserve protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God," said President Barack Obama.

"It's historic, and it's just like Wow!, in the making, haha," said Winona Slater.

"I got up pretty early to watch it, my daughter was awake and, we both were watching it, and she said I wish I was there! She's five," said Jeremy Walker.

"We were in sociology class and got out about 15 minutes early. Some kids got up and walked out, they weren't agreeing with the President or the inauguration, I guess, I don't know what they had a problem with," said Michelle Cerda.

"Starting today we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America," said Obama.

"I thought his speech was just okay, it wasn't as good as the one he gave before this," said Shawn Martin.

"What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility," said Obama.

"People that thought they would never be an African American President, it just goes to show that there's less prejudice out there that there used to be by far, it just goes to show it's not about the color but about what his ideas are," said Jordan Bradfield.

"It's obviously different, we literally have made history today," said Ben.