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Audience moved to tears at inaugural viewing party in Chatham

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Some Chatham residents were able to secure tickets to watch President Obama's second inauguration on the big screen, and the event moved some audience members to tears.

Around 300 people attended the ticketed viewing party, which took place at Chatham 14 Theaters on S. Holland near 87th Street. They began the giving out the movie tickets Saturday and Sunday.

"I wouldn't have been anywhere else if I could have been," Mrs. Naomi Clark said. "This, today, was one of the most beautiful days I've experienced in my life. I'm totally overwhelmed."

Mrs. Clark had a visceral, emotional reaction when President Obama put his hand on the bible to be sworn in.

"I did. It is really unbelievable," Clark said. "First of all, speaking for myself and so many friends and relatives and co-workers, we never thought we would ever see a black president [elected, much less] re-elected."

"[He is] so smart and so intelligent and he has the one word that I will never forget – we," Clark said. "Not just you or her or me, ‘we.' All of us are in this together."

Mrs. Clark said the speech was "absolutely wonderful," and she though he was right on point.

"Like I said earlier, it is not about the individual, it is about all of us coming together and making this country work," Clark said. "We have to come together. "

When officials in Washington asked the audience on the lawn to stand up, everyone in the movie theater stood up too, as if they were there.

The largest viewing party in the city was a very powerful event for these Chatham residents.

One father said it was very important for him to watch Obama's second inauguration with his daughter.

"I'm just glad to be part of this moment in history. I wanted to have a memorable occasion, that's why I brought my daughter here," he said, "So that in the future, in her time, when she will remember back on this moment when President Obama [took the Oath of Office]."

He said Monday's inauguration meant twice as much to him as it did in 2008.

There were also a number of mementos to commemorate the event, including t-shirts, calendars and even board games.

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