Local Congressmen on Obama Inauguration
Statements from Austin representatives
By Lee Nichols,
4:06PM, Tue. Jan. 20, 2009
Nothing too controversial, of course, but if you're interested in what your local Congressional reps had to say about this historic occasion, here you go:
Lloyd Doggett, Democrat, Dist. 25: “This was an extraordinary moment of enthusiasm, hope and renewal. President Obama provided a candid assessment of the cold realities we confront and the strengths we must summon to overcome the failures of the last eight years. Today my biggest challenge was staying warm and seeing around Aretha’s beautiful hat a few feet away to the President. But tomorrow when our Ways and Means Caucus gets underway, the challenge will be to ensure that we get the most economic recovery possible for every federal dollar invested."
Michael McCaul, Republican, Dist. 10: “I applaud President Obama’s commitment to changing the tone of politics as usual, restoring optimism and bringing a new sense of hope and spirit for America. He brings a new politic of civility for the nation that goes beyond the old partisan rhetoric and party labels. His message that terrorists will not break our spirit, that citizens have a responsibility to their country and that the faith and determination of individuals, not government, will solve all of our problems, will begin to move America forward.
“Today we set aside our political differences. We celebrate the peaceful transition of power that makes America the greatest nation. And we take great pride in celebrating America’s first African-American President. It is our willingness to embrace democracy and blend our differences that give our country strength. May God bless President Obama, his family, and our great nation.”
Lamar Smith, Republican, Dist. 21: "While I disagree with much of his politics, the election of Barack Obama to the highest office in the land speaks to the fulfillment of our founders’ assertion that all men are indeed created equal. Our nation, which President Reagan called 'the last best hope of man on earth,' has once again proven to be fertile ground for the aspirations of all its citizens.
"The traditions connected with our particular brand of democracy have served us well and should be honored and celebrated. But after the oath of office has been administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, and the parades, the invocations, the poems, the songs, and the banquets are over, the cold reality remains that this President and the new Congress have some very serious work ahead."