There probably aren't too many high school freshmen at Barack Obama's inauguration. Jackob Carrel is a freshman at Madison West High School who interned at the local Obama campaign office. "My generation is eventually going to be the who will be running the country," says Carrel. "I've been very involved in politics, and I really saw that Obama was a real provider of change, and I thought that was needed for our country."
After waiting for hours in a blocks long line to get his ticket, Carrel has some fairly high expectations for the inaugural address – and the Obama presidency. "I want him to very clear about what he's going to do to help resolve the conflict in Gaza, because there's only a one week cease fire," says Carrel. "I'm very worried about our health care system right now, and our education system, and that's not even talking about our financial system, and of course the two wars that we're in."
Carrel expects the inauguration and its massive crowd to be "pretty crazy," and figures he'll bring along a book to help pass time until the main event.