Cleveland: Residents ponder the next 4 years

8:01 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Northeast Ohio residents are split in the views of what the next four years will bring.

Alberdia Turner, of Cleveland, was optimistic following the re-election of the president.

"I think it's going to look like it's much, much better," she told WKYC. "I think he'll be able to bring some closure to some of the things he's working on already."

Mike Keller, of Brook Park, had a completely opposite view.

"I'm not too optimistic about the future. I'm really not," he stated, without hesitation. "Just going by the last four years, they've got a lot to prove, know what I mean?"

Marsha Hill, of Cleveland, countered that with a positive outlook. "I think we're going to have a pretty good next four years," she said, expressing the opinion that Barack Obama needs four more years. 

"It's not his mess," she held forth. "He's still working on it. He's making up for the mess, you know, before he got into office.  I think he'll get it together but it'll be a rocky road because the country is messed up anyway."

Cashmere Holland, a student visiting Cleveland from Tacoma, Washington, thought there was still room for the people's input in Washington, D.C. 

"I think it's all about us," he offered. "We've got to help Obama change, you know? It depends on us. He's doing all he can but we've got to help him."

Laura Parker, of Akron, held a grim view of the next four years under a second Obama administration. "It's pretty scary," she admitted. "I'm not optimistic and kind of disappointed."

Her friend, Pam Murray of Uniontown, agreed.

"I'm worried about my kids in college," Murray revealed. "I've got two kids that just graduated college. One's working a $12-an-hour job and the other doesn't have a job. That's what my concerns are, the jobs."

"I am a little depressed today."

But Debbie Griffith, of Cleveland, was quick with her optimism. "I think we're going to start getting the economy back on track.  What Obama came into, we were in very dire straits then, and I think he needs another four years to get things going right."


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