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January 22, 2009

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John

I just realized what a cleanup effort this week must have entailed. Not just cleaning up after the nearly two million(!) people left, but getting the algae growth out of the reflecting pools and generally making DC inviting for the masses of tourists. Because the last time I was there, a lot of the attractions looked like dinner was left out over a weekend. And with good reason. Two million people who previously didn't care what the government was doing had a first-hand view.

While it's a safe bet that I won't agree with many of Mr. Obama's policies (and I doubt that many people will, when all is said and done...not that McCain or anybody else offered would be doing much better), I do need to give him credit for, as you pointed out, bringing a lot of people out of their respective shells and looking hard at the electoral and political process.

I'd prefer it if he backed his calls for "change" with people who weren't the very political insiders he bashed just six months ago, but people are watching and trying hard to draw their own conclusions about the country and the world, and this is the first time in my life that I've seen that.

SUSAN L.RUDNICK

DEAR DOUG,OUR DAUGHTER MELANIE WAS NOMINATED AS A PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL SCHOLASTIC SCHOLAR FOR THIS HISTORIC EVENT.HOWEVER,SHE HAD CONFLICTS BECAUSE SHE IS CURRENTLY A PRE-MED STUDENT AND HAD SVERAL MEDICAL SCHOOL INTERVIEWS SLATED OVER THIS PAST WEEK AND BEYOND.SHE WAS THERE IN SPIRIT AND SHE ALSO VOTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS HISTORIC ELECTION.SHE IS VERY HOPEFUL BUT CAUTIOUS ABOUT WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL ACCOMPLISH GIVEN THE TREMENDOUS TASKS HE HAS AHEAD OF HIM.SHE KEEPS SAYING,"WE'LL SEE: AND LET'S HOPE FOR THE BEST;THATS ALL WE CAN DO "SHE IS VERY OPTOMISTIC ABOUT HIS COMMITMENT TO STEM CELL [email protected] LEHIGH UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY A SENIOR SLATED TO GRADUATE IN MAY 2009.SHE HAS BEEN WITH THE RESEARCH TEAM HEADED BY PROF.FLOWERS SINCE '2005 BY A PRIVATE GRANT THROUGH THE HOWARD HUGHES FOUNDATION .SHE IS ADAMENT ABOUT FINDING CURES FOR PEDIATRIC CANCERS.YOURS TRULY SUSAN L.RUDNICK

Patty Aitken

Doug, I saw your coverage from Washington, and from Chicago the night Barack Obama knew he would be a candidate, and the joy and excitement in your face was incredible! The peaceful transition of power is a small miracle in itself. The inauguration of a new president with new energy and powerful ideas fills me with optimism for our children. Our son Ben was also at the inauguration, right by the Washington monument. Who knows, maybe you were right by him!

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