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Local baby born during Inauguration named after President Obama

SPOKANE, Wash. - Tuesday's historical inauguration had an inspirational effect on a family right here in Spokane, Washington.

One family at Deaconess Medical Center celebrated a momentous occasion together at the same time the Presidential Inauguration was taking place nearly 2500 miles away.  As the nation welcomed a new president in one Washington, the Williams family welcomed the newest member to their family in our own Washington. Two families, two life-changing events in one moment of one day.  It was an opportunity the Williams family couldn't overlook.

"I had the choice at first to have our son born on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and then decided inauguration day would be more significant." Explained mother of six Paula Williams.  "It's a very historical day to have a baby born on this day that's so emotional for so many Americans."

The birth date may have been planned, but the name was not, father Tommy Williams says the name of their new baby is inspired by a man who inspires the nation, "His name was going to be Isaac Jabez Williams and we were looking at the inauguration and we both looked at each other and said we got to, we have to put the stamp on his birth date and let him know his name is part of history."

Born eight pound, eight ounce Isaac Jabez Obama Williams was born at 8:37 Tuesday morning just moments before President Obama was sworn into office.

"I kept telling my husband that Barack and I were nervous at the same time, down to the minute doing it together." Paula said

A new baby born into a world of new promise, and new possibilities says Tommy,  "When I was growing up I had Thurgood Marshal, Martin Luther King, now for my kids they have Barack Obama, President Barack Obama, not president elect, but president and words can't describe how we feel to see our sons, six boys, that we can tell them that you can be anything you want to be."

It's bottles and diapers today but Tommy's thoughts are already turning toward tomorrow and this boy's bright future, "It's been such a whirlwind after the naming you can see his eyes are open he's ready for the lights camera action. All ready to be a junior Obama."

The Williams are very excited to start this new chapter of their lives just as the country starts a new chapter with President Obama as the Commander and Chief.

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