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Iowans prepare for Obama Inauguration

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - University of Iowa senior Atul Nakhasi has been ready for this inauguration day, for quite some time.

"It'd be a great day to be in D.C."

As former president of the University Student Government, he rallied other students to head to the polls this past November.

"I caucused for Senator Obama," said Nakhasi, who even got the chance to shake Obama's hand. Now, that work will culminate as he watches Obama take the oath of office.

"There's a personal connection being a supporter of his, but then also being a college democrat who helped propel the victorious effort."

He's most excited about Obama's speech, as is University of Iowa political science professor David Redlawsk.

"The inaugural address is critical," he told us. He's also going to the inauguration, and expects Obama's address will set the tone for his first steps in the White House.

"He comes in at a very rough economic time. People are looking to the government, for the first time in a long time, as a positive force."

He plans to bring back plenty of pictures and video to share with his class, that is, if he can find a decent perch.

"There's no question there's a much better seat in my living room."

As for Nakhasi, he suspects the event may inspire him even further to continue his life in politics.

"I hope to apply for an internship in the White House over the summer, and perhaps work closely with the candidates that we Iowans helped launch."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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