Editor’s note: Jeannette Ortiz owns a small contracting business with her husband, GG Contractors LLC. They both voted for President Obama in 2012 and traveled to Washington, D.C. to watch his inauguration in person. For a republican voter's opinion, please click here.
In four years, I hope President Obama completes some of what he started. He made promises to get the economy back on track and has often spoken about helping small businesses.
My husband and I are small business owners. In 2008, it became apparent to us that the economy was going downhill. Like many Americans, we struggled through the downturn and rode out the storm as it continued to tank in the following years.
Last year, as the economy began to crawl up, our business finally saw an increase in work, albeit at a slow but climbing pace. The housing market has also seen some upward motion, which, in my humble opinion, is an indication of progress. It gives me hope and encouragement that our nation is recuperating.
What is also very important to me is immigration. Our country is made up of immigrants from all over the world. The president made an executive decision to bring in “deferred action.” Many children were brought into this country illegally by their parents at a very young age. They know no other country than the United States and many consider themselves to be part of this country.
Their parents came to this country seeking the “American Dream,” which includes better job opportunities and better education for their children. Their intention is not to take away jobs from U.S. citizens but to earn an honest living. In fact, many of the jobs they take are ones turned down by U.S citizens. Let’s give them the opportunity to become legal and prosper.
My husband and I spoke about attending the inauguration before the election. Once Obama was re-elected, we got even more excited about being in Washington to witness this historical event, since this is our first time at an inauguration, and the candidate we voted for won!
Since our arrival in D.C. for the festivities, the inauguration has been nothing but a positive experience. As I walk the streets, I see people of all ages who are energetic and happy. On a sight-seeing tour, we saw so many groups of students from elementary through high school: Their enthusiasm for our history and the questions they asked are so refreshing!
The capital is swarming with excited people! They may or may not share the same political beliefs, but they still want to join in the inauguration festivities. They're all ready for the big event.
I feel fortunate that I can take the trip and witness the president take his oath — to see history in the making.