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Chicagoans Watch Inauguration From Danny Davis' Office

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Congressman Danny Davis opened up his office today on the Capitol for Chicagoans to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office.

They said “Amen” when Pastor Rick Warren gave his invocation.

They recited the pledge of allegiance along with the television in the Rayburn building.

But the Chicagoans hosted by Congressman Davis mostly wept throughout the inauguration ceremony this afternoon.

Brenetta Howell Barrett, of the West Side, says this of Mr. Obama’s presidency:

BARRETT: It’s meant an affirmation of some of these struggles that I’ve seen take place in Chicago and nationally.

Barrett’s from the Civil Rights Generation and describes herself as part of the independent voting bloc in Chicago. After Mr. Obama’s speech she had another politician on her mind – a former Chicago mayor.

BARRETT: I think Harold Washington would roll over in his grave but out of pure pleasure.

More than 100 people gathered at Davis’ reception to view the inauguration on four televisions.

Natalie Moore, WBEZ.

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