Little enthusiasm locally as President Obama begins 2nd term - KOTA Territory News

Little enthusiasm locally as President Obama begins 2nd term

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Four years ago, hundreds flocked to Mount Rushmore to watch a screening of the 56th presidential inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Monday, substantially fewer made the trek through Keystone to watch President Obama begin his second term in office.

Mount Rushmore staff attribute the small viewing audience to the weather and the Martin Luther King holiday.

But others we spoke to in Rapid City say, they're discouraged by the president's recent gun control proposals and the state of the economy and national debt.

Some of the younger viewers of the inauguration events at Mount Rushmore were, however, optimistic that the president would make more progress on the debt crisis, and struggling economy in his second term.

"Trying to get it done in four years is tough, so I think most people don't understand how hard it is being a president. But hopefully having him again, we'll start doing better," said Courtney Denett, local high school student, who hopes to see the debt reduced and economy improved. 

"I'm kind of supportive, I want to see what he has to do in the second term and what he can do," said Ann Shoemaker, local high school student.

Nearly 38 million TV viewers watched President Obama's first inauguration in 2009. No word yet on how Monday's event fared in comparison.

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