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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

A sampling of comments from Americans NOT in Washington for Obama's inauguration.

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—"We see history in the making. This is the second term for a black president. This is something he spoke about, that all races come together as one," — Joyce Oliver, visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., on the site of the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

—"He's trying his best. He did a lot his last period as I think he's going to do a lot more in his next four years," — Karen Espinoza, 24, working at a Hispanic market in Little Rock, Ark.

—"He made the same promises as last time. It's worse than four years ago." — Frank Pinto, 62, of Wethersfield, Conn., a construction contractor who said he's been out of work for five months. He was seated just below a TV screen at a bar and said he watched little of the inauguration.

— "It's the same old stuff. This is a tough job when you're not getting help from either party. Not 100 percent of the promises will be kept." — Greg Thelusma, 24, who watched the inauguration on a news app on his smartphone in a cafeteria at the office building where he works in Hartford, Conn. He says he voted for Obama, but discounted the president's inaugural speech.

—"We've gone quite a ways in fulfilling the dream that Dr. King had." — Keith Buckner, 54, of Louisville, Ky., at the Muhammad Ali Center. "It's a wonderful, wonderful time in the history of the United States."

—"In his first term, Obama was left to take care of everything that Bush left unfinished. Now in his second term maybe there'll be more progress visible to the public so they'll see that he is a good president for our country," — Richmond Tolbert, 19-year-old homeless man in Olympia, Wash.

—Adrian Sainz, Bruce Schreiner, Jonathan Kaminsky, Jeannie Nuss, Steve Singer

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Inauguration Watch follows the events of President Barack Obama's second inaugural. Look for short items and photos throughout the day.

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