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Area teens talk about the new president and the future

Area teens talk about the new president and the future

January 27, 2009|By EMILY SEILER / Pulse Correspondent

Last week, Sen. Barack Obama was sworn in as our 44th president. We all know what the adults of America thought, but what are the young people of our community thinking about this historic event?

"President Obama's goals are well for this country. Obama has the right mind set to help the people not just the government," said Bernard Cabatit, 14, a ninth-grader at North Hagerstown High School. "He had a great way to show that he was ready to lead before he was even elected, because the day before he was out painting a house for the homeless and poor. The citizens know that he is an equal."

Bernard said he knows the president's goals will take time and might not be accomplished in four years. "On the other hand the government has over a trillion dollars and might get the foundations for most of the goals," he said. "I agree with him taking the troops out of the war in Iraq and just letting the Iraqis fight their own war."

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Pat Tolbert, 14, also a ninth-grader at North Hagerstown High School said even though she didn't really listen to the goals Obama has set, she did agree with many she has heard. "Yeah, we have more products from foreign countries then from here in America," she said. "We should make our own stuff and be less of consumers."

Stephanie Milani, 14, a ninth-grader at North Hagerstown High School, said she believes the new president's goals are good, but a bit unrealistic. "I don't think one person can change the way America works today, I agree with what he said but I don't think it will happen in the near future," she said.

Emily Irwin, 13, an eighth-grader at Northern Middle School, said she believes the goals Obama have set, especially with the economy, are needed. And, she said, she agrees with Obama's plan to pull troops out of Iraq.

"America definitely needs to step it up with things," she said. "I think Americans rely too much on the government and other people. I believe Americans need to help change the way our country works right now if we want it to get better any time soon."

Emily Seiler is a freshman at North Hagerstown High School.

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