Mid-Southerners Travel To Washington D.C. To See President Obama’s Second Inauguration

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(Washington D.C.) In Washington D. C. the anticipation runs high for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Dewayne Stevens and his family drove from Germantown to be there and secure their tickets.

“It’s important for my kids to see this because for me, and a lot of people like me we never thought we’d see this day; that America would be ready to elect an African-American president,” said Stevens.

The atmosphere was electric inside the Rayburn House Office Building next to the Capital. Long lines formed in Congressman Steve Cohen’s office with people from the 9th District hoping their names would be drawn in a lottery to win tickets to see the president sworn into Office.

“He’s very popular in the district and it’s an historical occasion. It’s his second inaugural and there won’t be another for Barack Obama. But it’s a major story about America that he’s become president,” said Congressman Cohen.

Cheryl Grannan and her husband Jack won two tickets to an even they say they couldn’t miss.

“Just being here is enough, just to be a part of the activities is enough,” said Grannan.

Jack Grannan remembered being motivated in college after reading letters Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote while in jail. “We’ve come a long way in forty-plus years,” he told WREG.

It’s an inauguration that also falls on the King Holiday, some say, connecting fate with history.

Monday morning more than 800,000 people will be on the nation’s capital to witness history unfold before their eyes.

Alex Coleman, WREG-TV News Channel 3.