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Mike Nowatzki, Published January 20 2009

Obama’s message elicits tears over soup at Fargo eatery

FARGO – Alisha Ankers and Stacy Nicholson admitted they shed a few tears over their beer cheese soup while watching today’s presidential inauguration on the big screen TV at Bertrosa’s On Broadway.

Ankers, a family law attorney, and Nicholson, her administrative assistant, planned their lunch hour around newly minted President Barack Obama’s speech. Both said it lived up to their expectations.

“If anything, he brings a lot of hope to the country, and he has to right now,” Ankers said. “A lot of things are going wrong for a lot of people right now all over the country, and he represents more than just another new president.”

Ankers said she was especially excited to see the participation in the inaugural events by outgoing President George W. Bush and his father.

“Everyone seems to be trying to make this a unification of sorts … and this country hasn’t seen a lot of that in a long time, in about eight years,” she said.