Lee Democratic Chair attends inauguration

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Monday marked the second inauguration for President Barack Obama — and for Lee County Democratic Chair Ann McCracken, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

McCracken, along with two of her daughters, arrived in Washington for the oath-of-office ceremony and lauded the event.

"It was certainly all I have ever expected it to be," she said. "It is thrilling to be here. I am very pleased."

This is the first inauguration McCracken has attended and she said while it was hard to see Obama or the stage, the experience was nonetheless moving.

Later Monday evening, McCracken planned to attend the North Carolina inaugural ball with her daughters.

"I think his theme of us being one country and one people was very impressive," McCracken said.

Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive, one of Obama's supporters during the November election, said he's done the best he could with the hand he was dealt.

"I hope so much that the incoming Congress will be more receptive of his ideas," Olive said. "And it's wonderful to have a certain amount of pageantry because we have reason to celebrate."

For all of the economic hardships the country has faced, there are still reasons Americans can be proud of themselves, she said.

"For all the difficulties we have in our country, it is still by far the best country in the world," Olive said. "It's a shame we don't celebrate it more. We have so many blessings."

Obama and Congress should work harmoniously for the good of the people, and Olive said she wished Obama a productive and fruitful four years.  

Lee County Commissioner Chairman Charlie Parks said he had no comment concerning Obama's inauguration or second term and Lee County GOP Chairman Charles Staley couldn't be reached for comment.