Looking ahead to Pres. Obama's next term

GREEN BAY — Many Wisconsinites are in Washington this weekend for the inauguration.

But, people remain divided on which direction President Barack Obama should steer the country during his second term.

Folks who worked hard for political campaigns all last year say a trip to Washington, DC for the inauguration seems like the best bonus they could get.

“It shows how we really are the greatest country on earth. We all share these small - “d” - democratic principles. And this inauguration is a way you come together with others to share your common citizenship,” said Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesperson Graeme Zielinski, on the phone from the capitol.

While critics say it is President Barack Obama's second chance, supporters like first-term Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin say it's time to build on past successes.

"We recognize we have to confront our debt, but we also have to look at it in a way that doesn't short-change our people's future. And that's the hard part,” said Baldwin over the phone Sunday afternoon.

Local Republicans say they appreciate the great tradition of the inauguration ceremonies. However, they are anxious to hear Obama address the country's problems.

“This isn't working. And we haven't heard any new answers after the election. And we're waiting to see if we have a plan, because right now we're disappointed,” said Outagamie County Republican Party Chair Ron Tusler.

Political analysts say Obama will most likely remain vague in his speech Monday.

"I think if he lays out too broad of an agenda in his speech, he might short-circuit any chance they have to get something done right now,” said Charley Jacobs, a political science professor at St. Norbert College in De Pere.

But for those in Washington this weekend, partisanship and past failings seem to be falling by the wayside.

“People come from all around the world to watch. This is our president and our great celebration of democracy that we hope is an example for countries all around the world,” Republican Congressman Tom Petri told FOX 11 News over the phone.

As the world watches, Obama will set the course for his final four years in office.

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