SALISBURY, Md.- Gathered in the student lounge on campus at Salisbury University, a group of students sat quietly and watched intently as President Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term. The 57th Presidential Inauguration was held on Martin Luther King Jr. for just the second time ever.
After watching the president deliver his speech, SU junior Orrin Webb left the lounge inspired.
"I noticed that he used 'We the people' a lot and he really wanted to embody the essence of the Constitution and I feel as though he did that. He addressed everyone and called action for everyone to participate," said Webb.
SU freshman Megan Muir was less impressed and is ready for the president to get to work in his second term in office.
"I felt as he was preaching his speech instead of delivering a message. So, I just hope he backs up what he says these next four years," Muir said.
The president touched on a wide range of issues in his speech that he will encounter during his next four years in office. Obama spoke about gay rights and how gays and lesbians deserve to be treated like anyone else under the law. The president also made a point to discuss sustainable energy sources and how America needs to lead the way in a transition to use those resources full-time.
On campus in Salisbury, the students had their own opinions about what issues they would like to see addressed.
"He's going to have a lot of obstacles to overcome in making the economy stronger and bringing America back to where its roots are," said SU senior Kevin Knudsen.
"As an education major, I'd love to see what he does with the schools and what he can do for our teachers," said SU senior Robin Gilmore.
As the president begins his second and final term, the eyes of these students and people across the nation will be watching his every move.
The last time an inauguration fell on Martin Luther King Jr. day was in 1997 when President Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term.
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