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On inauguration day, high spirits and high hopes for Obama’s U of M team

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s second inaugural will be a smaller affair, but his biggest supporters are hopeful for a bold second term.

University of Minnesota Obama campaign volunteers Beth Johnston, Jackson Fate, Laura Pratt and Francis McNamara are attending the Monday inauguration ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol.
MinnPost photo by Devin Henry
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“I figured, when I’m in America during an election year, how could I not get involved?” McNamara said.

“On Election Day, people see the lines or hear the lines and you’re going around to the dorms and you’re like, get people to go vote,” Johnston said. “And they’re like, ‘Oh, I heard the lines are too long,’ and you’re like-“

“It’s not going to get any shorter,” Fate said.

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“Bring a book, you can read your textbook in line,” Johnston said. “Just go and do it.”

“You can tell he lacked maybe a little executive experience there,” she said. “So now, since he has a term under his belt, he has more confidence, maybe he can work with them better so there will be less gridlock and there will be things passed.”

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“Four years ago I was in high school, I skipped physics class,” McNamara said. “I watched [the inauguration] in my school lobby on a television screen and I was just like, ‘This is amazing, This guy is so cool.’ And now, four years on, I’m actually going to be there and see what I saw on the television screen. And I just cannot believe how much has changed in four years.”