President Barack Obama's emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next.
PARMA, Ohio - Sean Brennan calls himself a history and government junkie. And on Monday, he'll attend his fourth Presidential Inauguration.
"To see that peaceful transition of power take place right there in front of your eyes, this historical anomaly, it brings tears to your eyes every time you go," he said.
Brennan is a history and government teacher at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.
He attended George Bush's Inaugurations in both 2001 and 2005. He was also at Barack Obama's 2009 Inauguration. He said attending the inaugurations brings history to life for his students.
"A lot of times history and government can be a little dry if it's just taught from a textbook per se," he said. "But when you've actually experienced it yourself and you can convey that excitement for historical events to your students because you were actually there, I think it helps bring history alive for the students."
Brennan has taken the oath of office a few times himself. He's the president of Parma City Council.
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