This is a very exciting day for our country. The sense of hope and_optimism in the Elmont and North Valley Stream communities is truly_uplifting. Over the past few days, many young people in Elmont have_commented to me on how important this day is for them. They see this_presidency as a new beginning. They also see this new president as a_vehicle of opportunity for everyone. I couldn't agree more. You didn't_have to be in Washington DC to witness this great sense of excitement. In the classrooms of Elmont Memorial High School, students were_watching and listening to the inauguration. There was a lot of emotion and_hope in the faces and eyes of these young people. This country is_a place where people can dream heroic dreams and make them happen. We_have a lot of challenges ahead of us in this country. I'm very_proud of this day and look forward to serving the people in these_very important times in our country.