Will.i.am Calls US President Barack Obama's Inauguration "Historic" And "Nostalgic"

21 January 2013, 14:24 | Updated: 21 January 2013, 15:35

The 'Scream And Shout' star speaks about his "optimism" ahead of today's event in Washington.

Will.i.am has said that he finds the Inauguration weekend for the swearing in of US President Barack Obama "historic" and "nostalgic".

The 'Great Times' rapper has been a key supporter of the American leader since he came into office four years ago, and told MTV News that he is looking forward to another four years with the President in charge.

"The feeling in the city right now? It's optimism and nostalgia; remembering where we came from and where we're going," he declared. "The reason it feels historic and nostalgic is because we're writing our own history right now."

The Black Eyed Peas man will be in attendance at the special Inauguration concert on Capitol Hill in Washington today (21st January) and outlined some of the projects he wants taken care of straight away.

"What I want to see happen is science programs getting funded in every single high school and junior high school, so when Obama is not president, those programs are still going and successful," he said. "I'd like to see Apple and Dell factories be brought to the inner cities; in every project in America, there's some factory there, and it's abandoned, and I'd like to see those factories open and bring jobs to America."

Beyonce is set to open the proceedings this afternoon with a rendition of the National Anthem and there will also be performances from the likes of James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson.

It has also been reported that Lady Gaga will headline a special Inauguration Ball tomorrow (22nd January) night.