Press release from U.S. Rep. John Larson. the East Hartford Democrat whose 1st District includes Bristol:
STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSMAN LARSON ON THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus made the following statement about the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama.
"Today, we celebrate the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. Mr. Obama's inauguration as our country's first African-American president reminds us that in America anyone can achieve their dreams. Mr. Obama has brought hope and a sense of urgency about the difficulties we face.
“The legacy this new administration has been left is nothing short of catastrophic - an economy in turmoil and a war on two fronts. It will take years of effort in the halls of Washington, DC and on the streets of communities across this nation to repair the damage that has been done. But, in the faces of the crowds that stood on our national mall today, I saw the perseverance and the strength to make our country great. So, tomorrow we get back to the hard work of solving some of the greatest challenges our country has faced. “As we move forth from this day, it is tempting to put the past behind us -- to not look back and ask how we got here. What caused this economic crisis? But, that is too easy and makes it too likely that generations to come will repeat some of the mistakes that have been made. I believe that knowledge can give us the tools to revive our economy responsibly, and for the long-term.“My family and I wish strength, success and safety to our new president and the entire Obama family. There is nothing short of our country's future riding on his shoulders."
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