Monday, January 19, 2009
Inauguration stories from everywhere, even your sofa

iReport.com was a lively place Saturday morning, as photos and videos from people all along the route of President-elect Barack Obama's pre-inauguration train tour lit up the homepage. The train ride was an historic event, exactly the kind of thing you'd expect people who witness it first-hand to photograph and share. What we didn't exactly expect were the number of photos posted on iReport.com of the train tour as shown on CNN. To be perfectly honest, at first I thought they might be some kind of joke. Why would people send photos of CNN to CNN? But then I started to read the comments with them: "Not there but hey still exciting," and "Hello! Just some pictures from New Brunswick, Canada ... you folks are doing a neat thing." You didn't have to travel to the northeastern U.S. to take part in the train tour; you could watch at home and still be part of the excitement on iReport.com. Here's hoping the inauguration on Tuesday is no different. Whether you're making the trip to Washington or are watching the events from afar, share your story here on iReport.com. Let us know how you're watching and what it means to you.

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January 19, 2009
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Dear mr president

my name is Loree brown I live in troy new york

i think you are going to make a great president

we need a change! Iam for the gay rights

I hope someday we will have rights

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January 19, 2009
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I feel such gratitude for the realization of what I hoped for as a small white child in Iowa in the late 1950's and 60;s.  I yearned to live in a world of peace and freedom for all people.  It was something I knew, and know) in my heart.  I could not understand the violence as a child.  Hatred was so foreign to my soul.  We lost so much in that time.  I saw the deaths of the Kennedy's, of Dr King, of the dream that we can, indeed, live this freedom we understand in our untattered souls.  I saw myself shrink when someone said I hate all white people after Dr King was assassinated.  I so understand that emotion.  Yet, felt so alone.  I mourned too.  We can-- we are together on this.

 

I am grateful for the witness of community service.  This is the way our country can breathe again and show the way.  What an elegant leader.  What a profound time.  I recognize that we are in a new time.  That 2 flights in trouble were able to come to rest safely, protecting the lives of the people shows me to not be held in the loss of the past.  We can all make it alive.  We can all make this shift non-violently.  The Obama administration is living this in front of us.  Our President is my mentor.  How wonderful to say that.

 

We have arrived.  We are moving forward.  There is no need for silencing a single voice.  The movement is now.  It is alive.  We will be the best we can be.

 

Thank God.  Thank all who lost their lives and risked the truth of non-violent revolution.  Thank each of you who are part of this advance in our human society.

 

Julia Wolfe

and Jan Aurelius

January 19, 2009

I'm sorry Mr. Obama, I think all this partying is a waste of more tax payers money when it could go to bailing out your bail outs that will put my children and grand children in more debt than they can get out of. But we find you doing what all do in this country today and that's living for today, living for yourself, over spending government that will not change anything but the way they party more, realy no change but the face who every body will blame when it all falls apart anyway because of self thinking.....

January 19, 2009

I'm sorry Mr. Obama, I think all this partying is a waste of more tax payers money when it could go to bailing out your bail outs that will put my children and grand children in more debt than they can get out of. But we find you doing what all do in this country today and that's living for today, living for yourself, over spending government that will not change anything but the way they party more, realy no change but the face who every body will blame when it all falls apart anyway because of self thinking.....

January 19, 2009
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After watching Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech I continue to be inspired by him. I honestly wish I could have been alive to witness him give the incredible speeches he gave and the leadership he showed in the marches and sit-ins. But what I am extremely proud and honored to say is that my son will not know a country of only white presidents. It will be a normality for Luke to see an African American President. I'm hoping because of this he will not know the fear and hatred that once existed (and still does in some places) towards blacks. I'm hoping he will never learn to judge people by skin color, religion, or sexuality, but as MLK said "to judge by the content of their character". I'm praying that I will not let my son down, that I show him and guide him to respect people for who or what they are despite whether he likes them or not. It makes me extremely proud to start my family the year the first African American president was elected. I pray that President Obama is able to guide and lead this country in honor and be a prime example for even my son. It will be an extreme honor to watch Barack Obama sworn into office tomorrow morning - I can't wait to share that moment with Matt and Luke! :

January 19, 2009
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In the 39yrs of my life this is the first time I have ever been proud of AMERICA. I do not expect Barack Obama to solve the problems of this country. I do expect this country as a whole too help Barack Obama solve the problems of OUR country. No I do not think that Dr.KING'S DREAM is fulfill,but I think as a race we are on the way.God bless and protect the Obama's.

January 19, 2009
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We need the press to help get this message before the lawmakers and the public NOW- It will work!!!

 

Let’s get the real estate market moving again and help stimulate the economy without it costing the taxpayers anything!!! 

 

As a real estate professional for over 24 years I have seen many markets, and know that this one if far more complicated than most. My frustration is with the fact that so many decisions in Washington are being made based on THEROY and are not being followed to the point of implementation. How will it really work? is not a question that is asked often enough. In regard to how we can get the  real estate market moving again and more importantly get more money into the hands of people without it costing us BILLIONS of dollars? I will make my requests and thoughts as simple as possible. (Common sense is not as common and one would think and the Bible says that “God has chosen the simple things of the world to confuse the wise”.

 

SIMPLFY  

 

In the beginning of 2008 Congress raised the “conforming” loan amount to $729,500.  I say “conforming” because that happened in theory only, in truth it was adjusted per county based on the average sales price. Even in the most expensive areas of our nation the $729,500 was not really treated as the conforming loan, only loans under the original $417,000 conforming amount were treated as truly conforming loans. Any loan between $417, 000 and 729,500 were treated as “jumbo conforming” resulting in interest rates of 1.5%-3% higher than the original conforming loan amount. 

 

As a professional who is involved daily with the TRUTH of real estate market, here are points that I would like considered;

 

1. We need a national loan conforming rate that is not calculated per county. In light of the current situation I see no reason for rates to vary per county when the value of a property is set by what someone is willing to pay for it and then by having the value confirmed by a LOCAL appraisal. Too much time and energy is being spent on trying to calculate conforming loan amounts per county. The national conforming loan amount should be set for at least 2 year and may be reevaluated at the end of that period.

 

2. I strongly feel that the only JUMBO loan would be loans that exceed the national conforming rate. Again, at this time any loan over $417,000 is considered “jumbo conforming “resulting in substantially higher interest rates on any loan in excess of that amount, with a substantially higher interest rate on loans in excess of that amount. 

 

3. When we hear about the current interest rates of 4-5%. These rates are applying only to a portion of borrowers. I like many first time buyers, used an FHA loan to purchase my first home many years ago and there is certainly a need for this type of loan, but these loans only require 3.5% down payment. If something constructive is not done to stimulate the real estate market and stabilize the values, you can see how these new homeowners will soon join the millions who already own homes where the loan amount exceeds the value.  

 

4. Buyers need to qualify, properties need to appraise, but sadly the most qualified buyers are being penalized by the current policies. Qualified buyers seeking a loan above the current $417,000 even with a minimum of

 

20% down often and with credit scores of 700+ are accessed higher interest rates.

 

5. This would not only help with property sales and new loans but also on those desiring to refinance. How much money would this get into the economy as a stimulus? Let’s take as an example a well qualified buyer or homeowner re-financing their loan.

 

 

    Current interest rate for either a purchase money loan or current rate on an

 

    existing loan of $500,000

 

    $500,000 loan amount

 

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     Approximate current payment = $3,160

 

 

    New or refinanced loan of $500,000

 

    5% Fixed rate, amortized for 30 years

 

    New payment =$2,684

 

 

MONTHLY SAVING approximately $476.00 or YEARLY SAVING of $5,712.00

 

 

$5,700 in the hands of taxpayers and at no cost to the tax payer, this is for only one loan, can you imagine the total benefit to our nation when in truth this number is multiplied. 

 

 

I ask you help in getting this message before Congress!!!

 

 

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

 

 

Linda Guy, REALTOR-Broker-CRB

 

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January 19, 2009
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I'm afraid, so very afraid. We stand at the threshold of a new beginning for our country. A light at the end of the tunnel. I have seen that light before. I saw it in JFK, I saw the possibility of it in Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King was a beacon of what could be. These were men of vision and hope for our country. President Obamma is of the same stature. We have all been presented with a hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Now I stand here afraid. I am scared to death that history will once again repeat itself. These were all men of the people, men who stood shoulder to shoulder with the common man and gave us hope. Men whose dreams were ended because they were of the people. I so want this light to shine. I sincerely hope that providence will protect him and keep him safe. I believe that the future of our country depends on it.

January 19, 2009
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Congratulations Mr. President-Elect Obama:

 

I tried hard to get to D.C. but was not able to do so.  However, I have been watching everything on television and wish I could be there.  People do not understand the significance of your inauguration, but they will one day soon.  What I like best about you is your mother's anthropological concepts that are instill within your perception of the world.  I like your grandfather's kool demeanor in the time of stress, and of course, the intelligence that only a grandmother can instill within a child. 

 

I pray that my own 11 grandchildren will find some conformity in the stories of the South that I tell them and in the love of people of all races that I maintain.  I hope to meet you one day Mr. President.  In the meantime know the World is watching you; but don't worry about it, the Saints of God have got your back ---prayers change things (smile).

January 20, 2009
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CONGRATULATIONS Mr. PRESIDENT-Elect OBAMA                I Want to say some thing be for you get in .I  IHOP all black peple dont take it wong to do thing they not soupose to do . to make you  look  bard im black but i have ajwem  sins I getb to see you in cnn for that long

January 20, 2009
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Let me say that I think he shouldnt be the one. I think that we better back up and realize that he is not Jesus Christ but a man that is trying to do his best.  I want to warn United States Residents that he is not the Messiah, but only a man. We all have to pitch in to help the nation grow up. I have had to learn that personally. I have been in jail and the only reason I do not have a felony today is thanks to my FATHER and I know that I have a voice and so does everyone else.  We have to grow as a nation and say I have to DO MY PART.  It is not all sbout Obama. I have been racist myself and we have to admit it and not just say I admitted it but that we understand it.  Its not just white and black.  I am half Mexican and I have had some problems with my brother and I know Christ says love your brother but sometimes it is hard and we need to admit that or we can not grow as a people.

January 20, 2009
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http://www.joeyjohn.com/ZOE/OBA.html

 

 

Filmed in Paris during this winter, as 2008 turned into 2009.

Obama Dawn is a collection of interviews of people from all over the world

and what they think and feel about America now that Obama has won

the presidency.

http://www.joeyjohn.com

January 20, 2009

So exciting!  It is a new era.  Let's focus on this day and come together  as a union of people supporting our new President.  Tomorrow it's down to business.

January 20, 2009

Budfordwally:

 

It's people like you who don't understand the significance of this day and don't care.  You are comparing the cost of a tradition  of one day to the billions of dollars disgustingly and foolishly spent in 8 Years during the Bush administration. Move Forward!

January 20, 2009

Today is the day we make history. Today is the day we remold our future. Today we stand and watch with hope in our hearts. GO OBAMA!

January 20, 2009
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Wow!! how do I begin I'm Kalette Archer for the beautiful Island of Jamaica . We are so elated to be apart of this historical journey of the 1st Black President .My heart is ful with excitement that is very hard to explain but no matter what I'm apart of History Yeh!!!One Love to The Obamas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 20, 2009
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I am a Sri Lankan, came as a refugee and lived in the UK for over 25 years .

 

But “today” wish I am an American and living there instead!

January 20, 2009
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I am a Veteran just glad to be in the Number, I feel esprit-de-corps today and Proud to be an American. Bless to be alive today to witness Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr dream come true. Now it is up to us to hold this torch that Mr President Obama and his family to carry on Dr King dream. I would like to reenlist for one day,,,, An honorable reenlistment just one day. To have an honorable discharge as President Obama as my last Commander in Chief.

 

   Do better today,

Then you did yesterday

         and

Tomorrow will take care of it-self,

 

God Bless.

 

(B.L.U.F) Bottom Line Up Front

January 20, 2009
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My family will be watching from our home in N. Canton Ohio.  We have supported President-elect Obama since his campain stop in Youngstown, Ohio.  Let's not forget, he not only brings Black America to the White House he also brings White America.  He was raised by his white mother and grandparents.  He was brought up to be proud of ALL his heritage.  He was raised to be concerned about ALL people.  This is what makes Obama what he is and what he stands for.  It also allows him to speak for ALL Americans. You have to admire a man who would give up practicing law with a large firm to go back to urban America and help where needed!  Everything in Obama's history gives him the ability to lead this nation and to bring ALL people here together.  There has not been any one man able to do this since JFK.  What a marvelous time in our lives to be living with such an undertaking!  I pray constantly that Obama is given the chance to show the world his abilities to lead.  We all need to stand together so the future does not allow this great man to be taken away from us.  God go with the Obama family and the USA.

January 20, 2009
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What a Great Day!!!  OBAMA is the right man for the job!!!

 

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January 20, 2009
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Just Remember Bush rallied America and when the tough got going America quit, Obama is asking for sacrafice and that all along is what Bush asked of his fellow country men.  Ya'll and especially this news network cut him into pieces and that is totally Un-American.  Like I said Bush had asked from the people of this country the same things Obama is, only without celebrities and in not a so glamerous procession and America couldnt DO IT.  How long before ya'll put the honorable Mr. Obama on a chopping block?

January 20, 2009
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Who runs the government in case of a crisis. All the powers past, present and future are all in one place. What would happen if an attack took place during the inauguration? Who would be in charge?

January 20, 2009
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robert gates defense sec.

January 20, 2009
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IN MEMORY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND FOR OUR NEW PRESIDENT.

 

 

IT HAS BEEN A FREEDOM STRUGGLE, FOR MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED YEARS,

TO BUILD AN ECONOMY IN AMERICA, MANY PAID WITH THEIR BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS.

NOT A PLAN IN SIGHT, HOLDING TO THE FAITH THESE TROUBLES WILL ONE DAY END;

MANY FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM, MANY WHITE ANGELS STOOD WITH A HELPING HAND TO LEND.

MANY HOPED WE WOULD JUST GIVE UP, THEY SAID ACCEPT LIFE THE WAY IT IS,

ONE ROSE UP NAMED MARTIN, KNOWING IT WAS NOT IN GOD'S WILL.

ALL GODS' PEOPLE ARE EQUAL AND ALL HUMANS HAVE A RIGHT TO CAST A VOTE;

THIS WAS DR. KINGS' VISION, YES THESE ARE THE WORDS HE PREACHED AND WROTE.

WE HAVE COME A VERY LONG WAY, YES THERE IS STILL MUCH RACISM AND DRAMA,

WHAT THEY DID NOT SEE COMING, WAS THE RISING OF BARACK OBAMA.

NOW MY CHILDREN INHERITS THIS VISION, THE MEMORY OF SLAVERY IS BECOMING THE PAST,

NOW MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS, WE CAN FINALLY SCREAM OUT, WE ARE FREE, WE ARE FREE AT LAST.

January 20, 2009
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It was a proud moment in history when an African American man born in Hawaii, brought together a nation as one.  As a veteran sitting in the VA hospital in San Diego California.  I along with many other vets watched on tv "the chosen one" to lead this nation back from the brink of economic disaster. Take the Oath of Office, each and everyone around me felt the pride. Today we joined together as one nation under God.  It was not a "black thing it was an American thing"

January 31, 2009
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