Local Politicians Wish Pres. Obama Well

Connecticut's elected officials are in Washington to witness this historic day as Barack Obama is sworn in as president.

Sen. Chris Dodd

Sen. Chris Dodd and his wife Jackie watched the swearing-in of Vice President-Elect Joe Biden and President-Elect Barack Obama. Then, he’ll watch the Inaugural Parade with my two little girls.

Monday, Sen. John McCain and President Barack Obama attended at a bipartisan dinner and NBC Connecticut’s Brad Drazen asked him if that bipartisanship is a sign of what’s to come.

“There has to be, and I hope it is,” Dodd said. “Without that, there is little or no hope at all. This is a time where political parties and ideology should play little or no significance in all.”

Mayor Bill Finch, D-Bridgeport

In a statement released Monday said: "I am proud of my party, and prouder still of all the American people who believed in and have been inspired by President-elect Barack Obama's message of hope and change."

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn.

“The Inauguration of President Barack Obama renews the hope of Americans who have grown disillusioned by the belief that their concerns were not being addressed by the White House,” Rep. Joe Courtney, Conn.-2nd District, said. “President Obama has energized the public and reminded all of us that a determined individual can create enormous change for a nation. While the Inauguration of a new President is always an historic event, we are witnessing as momentous an occasion in our recent memory.”

“After the celebration ends, the sober work of addressing our nation’s serious challenges begins," he said. "Our economy is in recession and millions of Americans out of work. Each day in Connecticut, more and more families are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet, and others face climbing healthcare costs and education debts. The opportunity we have hoped for has arrived. Working with the Obama Administration, I am eager for the opportunity to help implement much needed change.”

Gov. M. Jodi Rell, R-Conn.

“We stand together today as Americans, defined by our diversity and unified by our devotion to the greatest nation in the world. I can think of no prouder moment of patriotism than what we are witnessing today – the peaceful transfer of power to President Barack Obama."

It is a moment that transcends political divides and racial differences. Today the people of Connecticut join our fellow Americans to pledge support to our new leader. The peace and prosperity of the United States are now his to guide and protect. God bless President Obama and the new first family on this historic chapter in all our lives.”

Mayor Eddie Perez, D-Hartford

“To be an eyewitness to history is a humbling event. I was particularly struck by President Obama’s grace, inner-strength  and his ability to grasp the enormous challenge our country faces - all the while providing the hope we need and the reminder that we, as Americans, truly can overcome any obstacle that we face.  From the City of Hope and Opportunity let me say Mr. President ‘Si Se Puede! Yes We Can!”

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