Obama inspires South Mississippi youth

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - A packed lecture hall erupted into applause as Barack Obama took the oath of office Tuesday, officially becoming the 44th President of the United States. Teachers and students sat side by side at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jackson County Campus, as they watched the inauguration.

Tuesday was a historic day for our nation, and it symbolized a historic time for our nation's youth.

"It's somewhat refreshing to see that youth are not apathetic like they have been in the past," said college student Eric Place.

For so many young people who may have tuned out past inaugurations, this one took on a whole new life.  They watched Barack Obama take the oath of office feeling as if they are thriving political force.

"I've never seen young people so involved in politics than right now," said Alicia Bowman, "Which is amazing, we need to be, we're the future."

They say that the feel now more than ever, the strength of America lies in its people.  Many students say Barack Obama is part that new attitude.

"I think he breathed new life into us I guess," Bowman said.  "He did in his speech- he gave us hope. We are in despair, we are in a time of trouble, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we can push through."

"The younger age group should notice that they have the chance to advance in anything they do, they see now the more hard work they put in, the farther they can go in life," said Willie Nettles, another student.

These students say they may have just stepped onto the political scene, but promise they are here to stay.

"I think that once young people start to catch on and realize it's something important and necessary, then yeah, and we'll tell people younger than us and it'll pass down," Bowman said.