Four Years Later: Crowds Smaller, Hope Still There

By Matt Porter

Obama supporters still hopeful as president takes second oath of office.

January 21, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 2:30 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Four years ago, a crowd of 1.8 million showed up in Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's first inauguration.

That was the largest for any president.

This year, nearly 500,000 to 700,000 came to see Obama take the oath for a second time on the Capitol steps.

With the inauguration falling on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there was plenty of symbolism for the second inauguration of America's first African American president.

In the Southern Tier, Obama supporters say they are just as hopeful of the president's promises as they were four years ago.

"I'm just as excited," said Shelly Bartow, "Four years isn't a long time to make all of the changes. And he's not, you know, as a president, solely responsible for making all those changes happen."

"People have to remember where we were four years ago, and try to bring that excitement back," said Robin Beckwith, "And I think we can move this nation forward."

President Obama said in his speech the country needs to come together and avoid delays in Congress.

He called on both parties to set politics aside in an effort to keep moving the country forward after its greatest economic recession since the 1920s.

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