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Locals react to inauguration, new president

Some stood as Obama further stated in his speech, "Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But, know this, America - they will be met."

"I think it was a remarkable time in history that an African-American could become president," said Harvey Schantz, a political science professor at the college. "It's a time of political change, as the presidency has switched from the Republican party to the Democratic party."

Schantz further pointed out that with the Democrats controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the presidency, he believes the Democrats "have a golden opportunity to cement their control over the White House."

"You would expect that if things go right, Obama would get reelected," he said.

However, Schantz also believes that because the Democrats have so many responsibilities now, "They could get the blame if the problems aren't solved."

But, in the end, Schantz felt the new presidency is much more than just politics.

"It really transcends ... this is more a societal change, it really transcends politics," he said.

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