Emily Troutman, a 29-year-old writer and photographer living in Washington, spent last week going around with her video camera asking people to choose among 26 words to describe how they feel about President Obama's inauguration. As she explains on her blog, she paid a visit to Baltimore's Wolfe Street Academy, where her sister, Lauren Troutman, teaches first grade in a class where most students are learning English as a second language.
When she sent home permission slips for children to be included in her video with a picture of an Obama "Hope" poster, she writes, "the kids thought that Barack Obama was coming to school for pictures and my sister had to break their hearts! The new President is generally known in her class as, 'Rock Obama.'"
(Posted by Sara Neufeld on the Baltimore Sun's Inside Ed blog on January 27, 2009 6:03 AM)
A full-screen version of her video is available here or you can click below.
President Obama: Words for How We Feel Now from Emily Troutman on Vimeo.