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What Do You Think?

January 25, 2009

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week, there were two poll questions. The first question was: Do you plan to travel to Washington, D.C., to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States?

"Heck no! I rented out my house for $5,000 for the week and am heading South where it is warm."

"No, I will not attend. It will be like New Orleans during Mardi Gras with trash up to the knees, awful smell, drinking, drugs and increased crime. This is way too expensive with the economy in decline."

"This is a great new beginning. My family is coming together from across America to take part in the inauguration of Barack Obama. We are so happy and excited. It will be so wonderful to watch as our great country gets an intelligent leader who was not born rich."

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"As much as I would like to, I've been to D.C. in January. It's ... cold, the crowds are going to be insane. I'll watch from under the big quilt on my couch."

"Been there, done that. I went to the 2001 (inauguration). It was OK, I guess. Very long day, very cold, very boring, very mundane."

The second question was: How would you rate President Barack Obama's inauguration speech?

"I voted good. I was expecting more, but then perhaps I set the standard too high for our president. I think he said what he truly means and I believe we all have to work harder and to make sacrifices in order for us to get back on track."

"I voted fair. He is a good speaker. Now let's see some action!"

"I thought his speech was pretty good. He is a really good public speaker."

"I thought his speech was poor, for him. I doubt if anyone will remember very much, if anything, from the speech."

"I didn't get to hear it, but I did pull the text of it and read it. I thought it was a very honest communication. Sure, it wasn't all-encompassing, but inaugural addresses aren't supposed to be. He'll have the State of the Union to go into details. But, like many on here, I think actions speak louder than words. Let's roll up our sleeves as a nation and get to work."

"The speech was just that, a speech, nothing more, nothing less. The problem is that there are so many people who have set the bar so high for this president that if you don't have people swooning, falling over and fainting at every word he speaks, it will be considered a poor speech."

"A speech is a speech. Now let's see if he can get both parties to work together and work on a common goal of getting the country back on track. It will take more than a speech to do that."

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