More Hispanics Present at Inauguration
"With the president beginning his second term today, all eyes were on him. But it seems another group of people has people talking."
Beyonce belted out the star spangled banner after President Obama had been sworn in, but before that, Cuban American poet Richard Blanco recited a poem he wrote just for this occasion.
Blanco is only the fifth poet ever chosen and the first Hispanic and openly gay American.
"I feel very proud of the Hispanic people that were at the inauguration."
Laredoans are happy to see their minority group at such a milestone. In addition to Blanco, actress and philanthropist, Eva Longoria, arrived to get a first hand view of the inauguration. The day before, she spoke at the national day of service event where she urged people to make a difference.
"Well, I think it's good, although I'm not for Obama. They should get involved."
Another girl we spoke to said this shows that times are changing.
"Yeah it helps because there's a lot of Hispanics in the country so more people involved means more help for us."
Also getting attention is the woman who swore in Vice President Joe Biden, Supreme Court Associate Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
She's the first Hispanic and fourth female judge to administer an oath of office. Biden personally selected her to do the honors. People of Hispanic heritage hope this is the just the beginning.
"Of course I'm very proud of that to see a lot of Hispanics on a presidential level. Do you think some day there will be a Hispanic president? That's hard. I don't know about that...maybe."
"Gonzalez hopes that maybe in 20 years he will be watching a Hispanic President being sworn into office."