The Springfield students were able to submit questions to Pennsylvania's First Lady, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell. Judge Rendell attended the inaugural events with her husband, Governor Edward G. Rendell. Please read below to get Judge Rendell's reaction of the inaugural address, her opinion of the Vice President and more!
SHS: What do you feel personally was the most important part of the Inaugural Address?
First Lady: The President reminded us of the intrinsic background of our great country. Our founding fathers showed resolve and determination- we will continue this tradition. I particularly liked his reference to facing all challenges and Americans will get up to fight a new day. In addition, I thought his call to leaders across the globe was very poignant: To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
SHS: What did you think of the audience's reaction to the Address?
First Lady: The reaction was very warm and enthusiastic. Everyone was very attentive.
SHS: Do you feel that the Address may have brought some people who may be skeptical about the President over to his side?
First Lady: It was a very unifying speech - appealing to our values as Americans.
SHS: Do you think that President Obama and Vice President Biden will have a strong relationship?
First Lady: I think they will have a strong relationship--there is great mutual respect and Obama will seek out Bidens advice because of his years of experience.
SHS: What security measures, if any, did you and Governor Rendell have to go through on your way to your seats?
First Lady: We were part of special transportation for the all of the Governors and did not encounter any problems.
SHS: What do you think of President Obama opening the White House to public visitors on the 21st?
First Lady: Perfect - it follows the tradition of Lincoln.
SHS: One of the earlier posts to the blog asked readers to give some words of encouragement to the "First Daughters". What words of encouragement or advice would you like to give them?
First Lady: My advice would be to have fun, enjoy this experience, and help your mother keep your father grounded.