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BY CHRIS CASTEEL Modified: January 21, 2009 at 9:46 am •  Published: January 21, 2009

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Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said he went down to the National Mall on Tuesday morning to talk to people and was struck by the enthusiasm for Obama.

"In a way, America kind of needs a change, not that the things he’s talking about changing are things I would endorse,” he said.

Inhofe said he thought Obama’s presidency would have "a huge positive effect, not just in this country but around the world. Anything can happen in America. Anything is possible. No other country can do that.”

Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat who endorsed Obama last summer during his hard-fought primary battle against Sen. Hillary Clinton, attended the swearing-in ceremony and said it was a day he wouldn’t forget.

"As President Obama noted in his inaugural address, our country faces historic challenges, but they are challenges we can and will overcome by putting aside our differences and working together. I think his words of hope and inspiration will help unite America at this very critical time and set the tone for positive change in Washington, D.C.”

Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, said, "The president’s emphasis today on personal responsibility and unity was encouraging.

"While I am sure many of us will be at odds with some of the new administration’s policies, we can disagree without being disagreeable. I am anxious to see what concrete proposals President Obama brings to Congress to deal with the economic crisis and to assure that America remains safe from foreign threats.”

After his inaugural address, Obama had lunch with members of Congress, then rode and walked to the White House ahead of the inaugural parade.

Price of citizenship
In calling on Americans to serve their nation, he said it was part of the price and promise of citizenship.

"This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny,” he said.

"This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”

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Background: The president
Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan father who did little to raise his son, and a mother whose family hailed from Kansas, went to some of the nation’s finest colleges before moving to Chicago and working as a lawyer and volunteering in his community. He served in the Illinois Legislature before winning a U.S. Senate seat in 2004.

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