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High schoolers inspired by President Obama

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Waterloo East High ninth grader Charles Hodges watched as President Barack Obama became the first African American sworn in to our nation's highest office.

"I wanted to be the first black president," said Charles Hodges.

With the job already taken, Hodges said he's even more inspired to achieve his other dream of becoming a lawyer.

"I thought he gave a great speech. I was astounded we had our first black president," said Hodges.

Hodges said the accomplishments of President Obama are opening doors and raising expectations.

Since Mr. Obama won the election, Hodges said his parents are pushing him even harder.

"They're buckling down on me a little more now," he said.

Parents and teachers are using President Obama as way to stress no dream is too big.

"It says basically anything can happen and no matter what you should always strive for what you want," said ninth grader Tyler Meyerhoff.

A message to dream the impossible dream because one day, it might come true. Just like it did for President Obama.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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