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Rochester: Rochester for Obama Holds Inauguration Gala
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Festivities continued in Rochester after President Obama's second inauguration.

A party, for a president.

At Rochester's Inaugural Gala, service union members celebrated the president whom they believe is their best hope for the future.

"He's talking about moving everybody together, forward – not just one class," said Ken Preston.

Preston is a long-time Democrat, and President Barack Obama's chief delegate in Rochester for the past two elections.

"What the President said in his message today was, you know, we can't look to solve problems ten years down the road... we have to look to solve the problems that we're at right now. And that's where the Republicans have to chip in and help pull the load, as well."

But this night was hosted by Rochester's service employees union.

"As a union member, and just as a regular person, real happy with President Obama," said Larry Knox, SEIU 1199 Political Coordinator.

They defend Obama not only as the best President for their union, but for Rochester and the nation.

"We think about everybody; the poor; not just those who are doing well, and we give everybody the opportunity to do well. So I liked that he kind of focused on that big picture. And I also like that he talked about how we're coming out of a decade of war, which I think gives us a lot more opportunity to concentrate on home here in Rochester, and across the country," Knox said.

There will be analysis in the days and weeks ahead on this speech, which is already being called one of the most ambitious social policy inauguration speeches of our time. But really, this was an exercise in broad strokes; expect to see a more specific 'magnifying glass' look at the President's agenda for the next four years, in the upcoming State of the Union address. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP