They head to D.C. for part of history
Gloria Corral, 63, holds a T-shirt she will wear while in Washington D.C. for the inauguration. Corral doesn't have a ticket but wants to "see history in the making."
“Thrilled,” “proud,” “momentous,” and “I’ll remember it forever” are some of the words Tucsonans are using as they prepare to trek to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.
There’s a buzz of anticipation in the air as they pack their bags and head off to be among the millions at the nation’s capital Tuesday to commemorate and honor America’s first African-American president.
From seniors to teens, to those with political ties and those with none, each has his or her own reason for attending.
Some are even braving the crowds without a ticket, hoping to get a glimpse of the new president.
“This is going to be a momentous occasion and we are just thrilled to be going,” said Mary Judge Ryan, a Tucson attorney who will attend with her husband, Tom.
Ryan lost a 2002 Democratic primary election to George Cunningham. Cunningham ran against and lost to the then-incumbent Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe in the 8th Congressional District.
The couple obtained their tickets from the office of Democratic U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, who represents part of Tucson..
“We’ll be standing in the area in front of the Reflecting Pool” near the ceremony site at the U.S. Capitol, she said.
Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero said she’s lucky to have tickets for the event, and friends to stay with during her trip.
She doesn’t have tickets for any official balls, but “as long as I’m there for the inauguration I’ll be happy. It doesn’t matter,” Romero said.
It’s being a part of history that matters for her.
“It’s going to be really exciting to feel the pulse of the people on the streets and restaurants. I’m sure it will be something I’ll remember forever,” said Romero, the first Latina elected to the City Council..
Richard Elías, chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, is attending with a standing-room-only ticket, also from Grijalva’s office.
“It’s another step in the war for civil rights,” said Elías, who has long been involved with local social and economic justice issues.
He said Obama’s election was a signal that American voters heard the president-elect’s mantra of change.
“I think we recognized that we needed to really change the government,” Elías said.
Four South Side middle school students will be part of the inauguration ceremony through a student council trip.
Among them is 12-year-old Marissa Molina.
Marissa, a seventh-grader at Apollo Middle School, 265 W. Nebraska St., raised more than $1,000 for her trip through car washes, selling scented pencils and collecting donations from local businesses.
“We’re not rich, so we had to work pretty hard to get that money,” said Monica Molina, Marissa’s mother.
Marissa participated in the Kids Voting program and proudly wore her “I Voted” sticker on her sweatshirt after she voted.
“I’ve been really excited about Obama, and even more excited to go see him now,” she said. “I feel very proud to be part of history.”
Also well represented will be the eighth grade class at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, 9500 N. Oracle Road.
Eighty students and 20 teachers and parents are making the trip – which also will include visits to Gettysburg National Military Park and to a Broadway show in New York City.
Pusch Ridge Middle School Head David Towne has led annual trips with students, staffers and parents in the past, including to inaugurations.
“This is a huge historical event,” Towne said. “They’re going to tell their grandkids about this.”
Students did chores such as baby-sitting, yard work, and washing cars to raise the approximately $2,000 needed for each student to go on the trip.
“I’ve done lots of yard work,” Kade Bowers, 13, said.
This trip also transcends generations.
“I talked to my grandfather about this,” Haley Benson, also 13, said. “He was so happy for me.”
Jared Hout, 13, worked summer jobs to raise his share of the cost.
“I’m interested in seeing how we can have a peaceful transfer of power,” he said, adding that many of the world’s nations do not.
Although the Pusch Ridge contingent does not have tickets to the inauguration, members hope to get a glimpse of it.
“We’ll see. God knows it is going to be OK,” Towne said.
“It’s been very exciting to me that I could believe in a candidate,” Torey Ligon, community outreach coordinator for the Food Conspiracy Cooperative, 412 N. Fourth Ave., said.
“I feel like all of our collective futures are based on his success,” said Ligon, who did some campaign work for the president-elect.
Her younger brother, Greg Ligon, worked for the Obama campaign for more than a year and received two tickets in the seated area at the inauguration, she said.
The sister and brother are attending a ball open only to core campaign workers Wednesday.
Carmen Prezelski was a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
While there, she was selected to sit onstage when Obama, a then-relatively unknown Illinois politician, made the keynote speech that brought him to national attention.
“I called my sister and said, ‘I just met a man who will be president of the United States some day,’ ” she recalled.
Rosie Joe-Heirshberg and her husband, Dan, are going to the inauguration without tickets.
“We will be among those millions on the mall,” she said with a laugh.
Being there is what matters to the couple.
“It’s history. We’ll play it by ear,” Dan Heirshberg said.
Gloria Corral, 63, will travel to Washington on her own and without tickets to any event, but with outfits that could make people think she was going to a ball.
Corral said she’s going with the intent of “just being there to feel and see history in the making.”
Corral, a native Tucsonan who works as a food service director for the Fred Acosta Job Center, went to Washington in 1993 for President Clinton’s inauguration, but feels “a tiny bit more excited” for Obama’s inauguration.
“I’ve got my nice coat, my nice dress, and, of course, very pretty gloves and scarves, all ready for me to wear on Inauguration Day, even if I’m just standing on the sidewalk watching (Obama) drive by,” she said.
“This is just something I have to do,” she said of taking off on her own.
“How could I not when this is such a historic moment?”
Tuesday’s inauguration of the United States’ 44th president will be history in the making and we want you to catch – and keep – it all.
Pre-order a set of three specially packaged Tucson Citizen issues that commemorate the inauguration of Barack Obama. You’ll get the coverage from the day before the inauguration, a special late edition of the Citizen the day of the inauguration and an eight-page commemorative section printed on the day after.
Order at www.tucson.com/store/60 or call 573-4278. Cost: $3 plus tax.
The Citizen also will be the first to bring you coverage of the inauguration online – with live streaming video from the nation’s capital – and in print. Special late editions of Obama’s swearing-in will be on sale at about 100 outlets in the city.
Elle Uldrick,14 (left), Alex Kate Halvey,14, Kade Bowers,13, Ryan Fielder,13, Jennifer Estrada, 13 (standing), Noelle Soltero,14, Jared Hout,13, Sarah MacDonald,13 and Haley Benson,13 are among 80 Pusch Ridge Christian Academy students gearing up for their inauguration trip.
Gloria Corral is trying to decide which clothes to take for her trip to Washington D.C., for President-elect Obama's inauguration.
'I've been really excited about Obama, and even more excited to go see him now. I feel very proud to be part of history.'
seventh-grader at Apollo Middle School
'It's going to be really exciting to feel the pulse of the people on the streets, and (in) restaurants, I'm sure it will be something I'll remember forever.'
Tucson city councilwoman
'It's another step
in the war for civil rights.'
chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors
Tucsonans attending Tuesday’s inauguration will update readers by live-blogging the event. Get the local take on the historic swearing-in of Barack Obama at TucsonCitizen.com/blog. Check TucsonCitizen.com/inauguration for the latest on President-elect Obama
Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Obama Inauguration
– FERNANDA ECHÁVARRI/Tucson Citizen
• 8-10 a.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March. Starts at the University of Arizona mall, near Old Main, 1303 E. University Blvd. Hundreds will march from there to Reid Park’s DeMeester Outdoor Performing Center, 1100 S. Randolph Way.
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Festival Celebration. Food, speeches, music and dance at Reid Park’s DeMeester Performing Center, 1100 S. Randolph Way.
• 10 a.m. Martin Luther King Day Community Food Bank Drive at Reid Park, 1100 S. Randolph Way.
• 1-4 p.m. Festival of Friendship at the Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. African-American themed hands-on activities for children such as unity chains and posters, and interactive dance performances. $5 for children $7 for adults. For more information call 792-9985.
• 5:30 p.m. The Martin Luther King Day Film Projét. Local filmmakers ages 13-18 made five-minute short films about King’s Triple Evils: poverty, racism and war. The winning films will show at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Admission is free.
• 6 p.m. to midnight Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ball at the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway. Free with two cans of food for the Community Food Bank or $15. There will be a music and food. For more information, contact Sarah Robinson from the Tucson Community for Change, 358-8565.
• 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Black Chamber of Commerce Soul Food Breakfast and Brunch at the Northwest Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. Sixth Ave. Chamber members and members of Tucson’s black community are expected to attend. There will be a big screen television broadcasting the inauguration and “lots of food.” Tickets are $20. Call in advance 623-0099.
• 9 a.m.-1p.m. Change is Here Open House at the Pima County Democratic Headquarters, 4639 E. First St. Free event with live viewing of the inauguration, “Bring a dish and enjoy the history.” Call 326-3716 for more information.
• 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. University of Arizona’s African American Student Affairs Inauguration Celebration at The Cellar in the lower level of the University of Arizona’s Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd. Refreshments will be served. Call AASA for more information 621-3419.
• 9-9:45 a.m. Inauguration Brunch at the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway. More than a dozen televisions will be broadcasting the inauguration. Tickets are $25. After the inauguration, organizers will go to Reid Park, 1100 S. Randolph Way, to grill hot dogs and hamburgers for the homeless. Call Sarah Robinson from the Tucson Community for Change, 358-8565.
• 10 a.m. Live broadcast of the presidential inauguration in high definition. Arizona Public Media and UApresents will host the free broadcast at the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.
• 4 p.m. End of an Error Bash. Poetry reading event at Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee, 606 N. Fourth Ave. Free admission. Anyone can bring poems to read. The inaugural speech will be broadcast.
• 4 p.m. Drinking Liberally Inaugural Bash at The Shanty, 401 E. Ninth St. There will be a brief political discussion from MoveOn.org and Drinking Liberally followed by a celebration of Obama’s inauguration. Call 623-2664 for more information.
• 6-10 p.m. Change is Here Inauguration Celebration hosted by the Pima County Democratic Party at the Double Tree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. Tickets are $50, live music from The Wayback Machine, which also played on Election Night. For more information, call 326-3716 before Monday.
• 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Tucson’s Real Inauguration Bash. Club Congress to celebrate not only Obama’s “landmark victory but also, getting rid of Bush!” There will be a flat screen television re-playing the inauguration ceremony throughout the night. Free event, all ages until 10 p.m., then 21 and over.
Order commemorative inauguration packages
The inauguration of the United States’ 44th president will be history in the making and we want you to catch – and keep – it all.
Pre-order a set of three specially packaged Tucson Citizen issues that commemorate the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. You’ll get the coverage from the day before the inauguration, a special late edition of the Citizen the day of and an eight-page commemorative section printed on the day after.
Go online to order at www.tucson.com/store/60. Cost: $3 plus tax.
Also, the Tucson Citizen will be the first to bring you coverage of the inauguration online, with live streaming from the nation’s capital – and in print. Special late editions of Obama’s swearing in will be on sale at about 100 outlets in the city.
Where to purchase a Citizen late edition with special inauguration coverage Jan. 20:
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By Garry Duffy, Fernanda Echavarri