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Local and national leaders react

| Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

"President Obama clearly articulated the many difficulties and challenges facing both our nation and the American people. I look forward to working with our new president, and the Democratic Congress, to overcome these challenges and to move America forward."

Rep. John Murtha

D-Johnstown

"Today is truly an historic day for America. I am hopeful that President Obama's administration will usher in a new era of improved government accountability and a renewed dedication to creating policies that will help middle-class families. ... I remain confident that by working together, we can put our economy back on track and lay the groundwork needed to help our country thrive in the years to come."

Rep. Jason Altmire

D-McCandless

"I was sitting and looking out at the crowd. ... I was thinking, even though we're facing what may be the biggest crisis in our history, I've never seen people more hopeful, more upbeat and more united. President Obama has inspired a nation to do what Americans have always done when faced with adversity: band together, meet it head on and move forward."

Rep. Mike Doyle

D-Forest Hills

"Expectations are pretty high today. Americans want President Barack Obama to succeed, and the circumstances going forward are tough. But he has to succeed given the economic uncertainty that we face. President Obama did a remarkable job campaigning on hope, and he won on that ideal. But starting tomorrow it is time for him to govern. I am looking forward to finding ways to solving our country's problems with him, collegially, but we all have to remember when we take on those problems that we are accountable and responsible to the American people."

Rep. John Boehner

R-Ohio

"Expectations are high, very high. Obama's challenge is that he has to be able to use the good will that he brings with him to the office of the presidency to fill the big boots of expectations that people have for him."

Sen. Jon Tester

D-Montana

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