In an auditorium in the city he calls home, they stood and cheered.
Hundreds of people gathered in Chicago to watch as Barack Obama appeared via live telecast at his inauguration ceremony today.
Carol Adams, CEO and president of the DuSable Museum of African American History, told the crowd at the museum the day "is proof positive that history is still being made."
The museum is located near the University of Chicago, where Obama studied and later taught before he became president. A standing-room-only crowd filled the museum's 400-seat auditorium for the telecast and Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
Andrea Pellebon, 16, of Chicago says she came out because she wanted to be able to tell her friends she saw the nation's first black president be sworn in to his second term.
Pellebon, who is black, says the day lets children — especially black children — know they can do anything "just like Barack Obama."
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