Tennesseans Figure Prominently in Inaugural Ceremony
MUFFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennesseans figured prominently in President Obama’s second inaugural celebration Monday morning.
The inaugural crowd was entertained early in the celebration by 200 students from Lee University located in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Lee University’s, Dr. William Green, Dean of the College of Music says it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for his students.
“We’re in the bleachers just above the stage and from what I can see the best seats in the house. We’ll be able to remain in those seats through the entire inauguration.”
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander also figured prominently in the inaugural, speaking just moments before Mr. Obama took his oath. After a bruising election season, Alexander commented on the nation’s long tradition of peaceful transitions of power.
“How remarkable that this has survived for so long in such a complex country with so much power at stake—this freedom to vote for our leaders and the restraint to respect the results.”
Alexander then introduced Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor, who administered the oath of office to the Vice President.