De Borah Grant, 45, was so excited to be in Washington, D.C. for President Obama's second inauguration that she lost sleep over it. In Lafayette Square Park, wearing pink and green Alpha Kappa Alpha paraphernalia, she beamed with gratitude to be able to witness history.
In 2009, she watched the inauguration on TV, and thanks to a friend, this year her couch seats were upgraded to the fourth row on the parade route — just across the street from where President Obama and family will be watching the inaugural parade.
BET.com caught up with Grant, who lives in Prince George's County, Maryland, before Obama's speech, to talk about Obama's second term, why health care reform matters to her and why Obama's single-parent upbringing inspires her.
BET.com: How excited are you to be here at Obama's second inauguration?
De Borah Grant: I'm so elated that I had so much anxiety that I didn't go to sleep last night. I stayed up all night, so I'm very tired but very excited at the same time. I'm looking forward to seeing him, the first lady and the family. It's been really great networking with people from all over the world as well. You get to see people from all over.
What do you hope Obama tackles in the second term?
I hope he continues to pay attention to health care issues. I'm a project engineer for Medicaid and Medicare services, so health care reform will affect my job.
And I hope he can work something out with taxes and making sure that he looks out for the middle class. I want him to continue to do the work that he's done to make this an Obama nation.
What do you think it means in 2013 that we've elected a Black man for president for the second time?
I think it gives African-American males some influence on making sure they do the right thing so they can be like Obama. And now we can now look forward to our first Black female president.
I think he's done a wonderful job in addressing diversity and showing that he's from a normal household just like we are. He's from a single-parent household, which really resonates with me because I can see how much of a wonderful job his mother has done to raise him. It enlightens me to do the same thing.
If you could say anything to the Obamas, what would it be?
Michelle and Obama, I love you. I thank you for everything you have done for America in bringing the nation together.
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