"I like her voice."
"I've seen her before."
"Hey! There's Barack Obama!"
Fourteen pairs of eyes light up as the recognizable hero comes on the screen. I am amazed at the number of students who do indeed recognize this man. It is clear that some students have talked at home with their parents about the inauguration, and they try to explain what's going on to their classmates:
"There's the giant book."
"When he says those words, then he's president."
"Hear all that clapping? He's the president now."
The attention span of these six and seven-year-olds wavers throughout President Obama's speech, but a few stick it out. When it's done, they all stand up and clap.
The next comment I heard? "Phew! That was a lot of people, a lot of speaking and a lot of clapping. When's snack?"