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 ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Solemn. Outrageous. Personal. Irreverent. These are just some of the views expressed by noted Americans on the USA TODAY Sky Radio(sm) interview series "New Captain, New Course: What the presidency means to America ... and to me." The interview series is part of the live, comprehensive inaugural coverage which will air on Sky Radio(sm) throughout the week. Air travelers on select United and Delta flights can tune into the live drama and excitement of the swearing in of America's 42nd President.
 In addition to up-to-the-minute coverage of inaugural events, Sky Radio listeners will hear leading Americans -- artists, writers, musicians, entertainers, educators -- and their reactions to the new administration.
 With the office of the presidency and the role of the first lady taking on new meaning, the thoughts of so many diverse leaders are indeed newsworthy. You are welcome to use the following quotes, with attribution to USA TODAY Sky Radio:
 Ken Burns -- documentary filmmaker, "The Civil War," Walpole, N.H.
 "Instead of focusing all our attention on the near coronation of the new guy, we should be celebrating the fact that in a democracy the previous guy leaves willingly. And I think what Bill Clinton represents is a new way to work the government. A government that is leaner, but more compassionate. A philosophy which trusts government to actually be able to accomplish it and at the same time seeks to restrain it from the evil it normally gets into. So, for the most part, I'm extremely excited and think that our scene is quite promising."
 Ralph Nader -- Consumer advocate, Washington, D.C.
 "I don't think the change is going to be all that dramatic because the same powerful corporate lobbyists are still in charge. There are very few appointments who really have as their primary allegiance and sensitivity -- the American people."
 "Clinton has an easy act to follow. He can look pretty good for the first few months simply by revoking some bad executive orders of Reagan/Bush dealing with health and safety."
 Hugh Sidey -- Columnist, "The Presidency," Time Magazine
 "Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore aren't going to improve your child's algebra scores tomorrow. They aren't going to get your brother-in-law employed next week. We expect so much from presidents -- we have to downsize our expectations."
 Jack Valenti -- President, Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood, Calif.
 "The president is the storehouse. He's the keeper of the national integrity. He's the steward of our civic virtue. He's the connection to the very birth of this republic. He's the only person in the country elected by all the people and so I would think that the most precious thing we have is the lore, the mystery, and the magic of the White House."
 Carl Sagan -- Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
 "The thing I am most hopeful about is that Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore can reinstate the idea that thinking and learning are respectable."
 Gloria Steinem -- Feminist, New York, N.Y.
 "Finally, we have after 12 years of a minority right-wing leadership that didn't represent the mainstream, a leadership that does represent the mainstream ... the issues of equality, whether it has to do with sex or race, or reproductive freedom, or of rebuilding small businesses from the bottom up."
 "We have somebody who is not an old-fashioned liberal, but a new person who understands about empowerment."
 Spencer Christian -- ABC "Good Morning America," New York, N.Y.
 "I was a youngster in junior high school when John Kennedy was elected president. As a college student in the late sixties, I was an activist, an idealist, I followed people like Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. All my heroes were destroyed tragically back at that time and this is the first time since then that I felt we have a president who represented the same kind of ideals that those people represented. And I think this is the first time, I think it's fair to say, that this is the first time since the late sixties that I sense people returning to that kind of idealism."
 "I don't expect miracles from this administration, but I do sense something in this president that, I'm afraid to say, I have not seen in the last couple of administrations. And that is, a recognition that we have serious divisions in this country and serious polarization, and even open hostility. And that we can't continue to survive and thrive as a nation until we heal our internal wounds."
 Alan Dershowitz -- Attorney, Cambridge, Mass.
 "As a former law professor, my great hope is for the judiciary. It's the one thing that people are remembered for more than anything else as president."
 "I'm not a great pomp and ceremony person, although I was invited, I'll stay at home."
 Michael Kinsley -- Senior Editor, "The New Republic," Washington, D.C.
 "Well, I'm sure there are going to be moments of great despair and ennui...I think Clinton seems very determined to not lose do these bus trips, which seemed like a gimmick at first when he tried them, but really seemed to have something electric about them by the end of the campaign...and things like that, which will help. They obviously have a political effect of keeping the country motivated in his favor, but I think they also have a role in keeping him motivated and energized."
 Mickey Rooney -- Actor, Los Angeles, Calif.
 "It's a tough job...I wouldn't give that spot to a leopard, but nevertheless, he is in the chair, one of the big ones, the biggest in the world and I only hope that he does the great job that he said he was going to do."
 Isaac Stern -- Violinist, New York, N.Y.
 "To me, the most important single element in what can possibly be a major change in the future direction of this country is the obvious deep-rooted belief, from both of them, that education is absolutely vital. And education is not limited only to the basic three Rs and a little technical crap, but to humanity."
 Bob Keeshan -- "Captain Kangaroo," New York, N.Y.
 "In the last twenty-five years, I've been an advocate for children, working on behalf of America's children who have suffered a lot with poverty and poor access to medical care and that sort of thing. They've been our lost generation even though they are our critical future and I think we are going to see a radical change in the administration's attitude towards young people and the future."
 "I know Bill Clinton. I'm very happy for him. I've worked with him over the years on behalf of children so I'm very enthusiastic about his attitude and Hillary Clinton's attitude toward children. And for that reason I'm personally enthusiastic about inauguration day."
 Mary Lou Retton -- Olympic Gymnast, Fairmont, W.Va.
 "We are clearly at a crossroads in our nation's history. It's an's a challenging time. And, depending on how you look at it, it can be a time of great hope and expectation. Or, it can be a time of fear and uncertainties. And I like to think positively and I think it's an exciting, challenging time."
 Olympia Dukakis -- Actress, Providence, R.I.
 "We feel that there is that kind of a change that can happen. On the other hand, we know that there is a certain way in which affairs are run. I think that was the whole appeal of, oh my God, how quickly we forget...what's his name? Perot."
 "The Democratic administrations have never been...mostly have not been as generous to the arts as the Republicans have been; however, they have not created the kind of atmosphere that has existed, in terms of the censorship. I would hope that would change. That artists would be receiving acknowledgment and support because of their artistry and not because they would agree with any particular segment of the society."
 Thomas Sutherland -- Former Lebanese hostage, Ft. Collins, Colo.
 "It's great to be in a democracy where the presidency transfers from one party to the other and from one individual to the other with complete sanity and complete civilized fashion. It's wonderful!"
 "I think, very frankly, that he is going to have his hands full with international affairs, despite the fact that he said that he would be a domestic president and would pay attention to the economy. He is just simply going to have to show leadership in the world because the rest of the world needs it and expects it and is virtually going to demand it."
 Rita Mae Brown -- Author, Afton, Va.
 "I'm so tired of self-righteous people sitting in the White House. There are a lot of problems, but I think it's better for the president. It's better for the American people if we can at least take a step back sometimes and laugh at ourselves. Because, after all, we got ourselves in this mess."
 "I think he'll name his first ulcer after the deficit."
 Larry King -- Commentator, CNN and Mutual Radio, Washington
 "He enters the office with suddenly things happening overseas that were never discussed in the campaign. And there is the thing we all don't strong is Bill Clinton?"
 "The profession of the city of Washington is politics and the profession is getting 3,000 new people in the next week. Well, that's extraordinary."
 "I'm very excited about anything new and this is new."
 T. Boone Pickens -- Founder, MESA, Inc., Dallas
 "It's another work day as far as I'm concerned. Way too much money is spent on the inauguration. That should be a simple swearing in ceremony as far as I'm concerned. If they want to drink a glass of champagne after they get through -- fine. But I'd say, let's get back to work."
 Willard Scott -- NBC, Today Show, New York
 "It's a great day because it really is the culmination of our democracy and it's a little bit of the coronation of the old European crown heads of state and blended in with our own modern American touch."
 "I look forward to working as Santa Claus for Hillary."
 Rob Wasserman -- Musician, Performing at the Inauguration,
 Dell Valle, Calif.
 "For me, personally, this is the most connected I've felt to an administration. It's the first time I've ever voted for somebody that won, first of all. Second of all, I have some sort of personal feelings about the whole thing. I paid more attention to these guys."
 Bob Weir -- Musician, Grateful Dead, Performing with Rob Wasserman
 at the Inauguration, Dell Valle, Calif.
 "In my opinion, I think the inauguration is a time to celebrate. I wasn't particularly pleased with the way our previous couple of administrations were handling a lot of stuff, and I think we are stepping out of, to my way of thinking, a fairly repressive era in this country into a much freer one and think it's time to celebrate."
 Martina Navratilova -- Grand Slam Tennis Champion, Aspen, Colo.
 "The thing that I'm excited about the most is the diversity he has brought to his staff. The kind of people who will be helping to r ?this country will be from all races and sexes and will bring a new reality to the White House which I think has been lacking for a while."
 Carroll Spinney -- Sesame Street (Big Bird)
 "Well, I'm really excited about it because, you know, I'm only six, and I only found out last year that we don't have a king...and this guy is new and is not the same one that has been president all along."
 Julia Child -- Noted Chef and Author, Cambridge, Mass.
 "I think we're very lucky to have her (Hillary Clinton). I heard her speak here in Boston and I was tremendously impressed. She is very intelligent, attractive and she has a sense of moral purpose and I think it's just great."
 "Well, if she baked cookies, they'd be damn good ones."
 "I was once in Washington during it. I can't remember who was inaugurated, but then again it was a snowy day. It was a great spectacle. I hope they are not going to be spending too much money on it because I think it's terribly serious to get rid of this awful debt that we have, so I don't want any money wasted, but, I don't want it to be an overly budgeted inaugural."
 Jerry Falwell -- Chancellor of Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
 "His promises were so bizarre and so out of keeping with the American tradition of 217 years, that he is the one president that desperately needs to break most of his promises if he hopes America to be better off four years from now."
 "He is, by far, the most liberal president ever to be inaugurated and his wife would be the only person I know in America to the left of him so I suspect that we need some divine intervention."
 Leanza Cornett -- Miss America 1993, Jacksonville, Fla.
 "He's going to bring about change...And, I guess, we are going to see if he's going to actually live up to that campaign promise."
 Linda Lavin -- Actress, New York
 "To stay in the same old toxic patterns is to stay less than alive...The courage to change means a great deal to me because it does take a lot of courage to change."
 "Men and women who have been working for equal rights, equal pay and the agenda in terms of health care and services for the elderly -- many things had been forgotten. All of that needs to be recognized in a society that calls itself the greatest in the world."
 Maureen Reagan -- Former First Daughter, Los Angeles
 "I think Mr. Clinton has a fairly short window of opportunity to show that he is a new breed of Democrat as he campaigned that he was -- and, that he will indeed in the Executive branch, control the reigns of government and not turn it over to the Congressional logjams as has been the case in the past."
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