22 Jan 2009

American Samoa Congressman cherishes Obama inauguration

11:34 am on 22 January 2009

American Samoa's Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he counts himself lucky to have been part of history with the inauguration of the of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Along with American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono and the Governor of the CNMI, Benigno Fitial, Faleomavaega had a front row seat at the swearing-in.

The congressman says President Obama's inauguration address was the most profound speech by a US President in years, challenging the American people to work together to meet their common challenges.

"Because obviously he can't do everything by himself but this is also the joint responsibility with the congress and the members of his cabinet and all other leaders, that we've got some very serious problems with the economy, the situation in the wars that we're confronted with - he's got his hands full. But I'm confident, just as he is that there's faith in the American people that we're going to pull through this crisis."

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.