Local African Americans Sound Off On President Obama's Second Term

By Jeff Neumeyer

January 21, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- President Barack Obama has made history again.

He was not only the first black man elected President; he has now taken the oath of office for a second term in the White House.

It’s a source of pride for many Americans who voted for him, including minority citizens here in Fort Wayne.

We tracked down and talked to some, and even found a couple of folks not excited about four more years of President Obama.

They came by the hundreds of thousands to the steps of the Capitol on Monday, braving the cold, to hear President Obama take a ceremonial oath of office, pledging to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

" So help you God," prompted the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice John Roberts.

" So help me God," responded the President.

With the pre-inaugural festivities in full swing, we dropped in to the Renaissance Pointe YMCA in the central city, where Quentin Walker told us he gives Obama a “thumbs up” for his first term.

" My opinion he did a good job. Now they are hitting him with this gun thing right here. They don't want to come to terms with him. You know, I feel it's good...the choices that he's making is real good," said Walker.

Across the workout room, Reginald Blackmon saw it differently.

He calls himself a staunch proponent of the Constitution.

He believes President Obama has advanced the causes of race relations and minority rights.

He worries, however, that the President isn't doing enough to defend the First Amendment and the right to bear arms.

" We know that in the course of time, things change, but our Constitution should be pretty rock solid," said Blackmon. “But it’s more than a little under attack.”

Bernadette Thomas couldn't be happier about another four years with Obama at the helm.

" It just lets me know that we can do all things. That we're capable, we're not in bondage or in slavery anymore, and we're not being held back by our color," said Thomas.

Mark Buchanan is in the minority in another way, he's an African American conservative.

He supports gun rights, opposes same sex marriage, and abortion.

For him, seeing the President returned to the White House is no reason to celebrate.

" Bittersweet mixed emotions. I'm glad to have a black President, but unfortunately, I'm not really excited about a lot of the things that he's doing," said Buchanan.

He does believe President Obama is a genuine family man, but said, “I just think he’s genuinely wrong” on the issues.

That, however, is not the sentiment of most African Americans, and a majority of Americans as a whole, evidenced by the fact he’s ready to launch into his second term.




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