Monday, January 12, 2009
Elton at Obama Inauguration Concert?
On Jan. 20 Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of The United States of America.
Chad Brock, a graduate of Dalton High School and Dalton State College, signed on as state student coordinator for the Obama campaign in 2007. He later attended the Democratic Party convention where Barack Obama was nominated, and he will be there on Jan. 20 when Obama is sworn in.
“It has been really rewarding to see the process through to its conclusion. When I first started with the campaign, no one gave him much of a chance of winning the nomination, much less the presidency. It was definitely a long shot candidacy at first,” Brock said. “But I got to see him get the nomination. I got to see him win the election, and now I’ll get to see him sworn in. It has been a great experience.”
“That’s definitely going to be one of the few balls he (Obama) will attend”
City officials have predicted anywhere from 2 to 4 million people will descend on Washington for the ceremonies.
“This is probably the most historic moment that has happened in my life”.
“I grew up in Florida at a time when blacks could not eat with white people. That was the law. I did not go to school with a black person until I was in graduate school,” he said. “It was bizarre. But that was the society I grew up in.”
“At the time we started planning, we had no idea it would be so huge,” she said. “But as it went on, we realized how historic it would be. How many people do you know who can say they have been to the inauguration?”
The students will get there early, so they can attend a free concert and fireworks at the Lincoln Memorial on the Sunday before the inauguration.
“Elton John, Alicia Keyes, Aretha Franklin and Will Smith are all supposed to be there,” Ward said.
She said those attending the inauguration have been advised to be in line to get to the National Mall, where the event will be held, at 7 a.m. The ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m.
Some members of the public will have tickets to the inauguration, and will be close to the ceremony. But others will have to watch farther back on the mall.
Each U.S. senator and House of Representatives member only gets a couple of hundred tickets to give to those who ask for them.