Ralph Maldonado, 53, of Williams Street, traveled to Washington, D.C. for Obama’s inauguration because he wanted to witness history.
“Oh, my word,” he said, reflecting on that day while waiting to enter the Arena at Harbor Yard for his second glimpse of the president. “I actually was in tears, and I turned to my son, David, and said, ‘You can be anything you want in this country, and now you can believe that.’”
For Maldonado, the “Yes we can!” spirit that swept the nation during Obama’s campaign for president changed the world. It’s a sentiment he said he hopes is alive as ever this afternoon to help welcome the president to Bridgeport.
“For him to stand up today and say ‘Bridgeport, Connecticut’, where I lived for 52 years — I’m part of history and everyone in this city is, too.”