NH Dems Head to D.C. for Obama's Inauguration
A local high school band and numerous Granite State residents will be in Washington, D.C. for this weekend's festivities.
The Granite State will be well represented at President Obama's inauguration weekend in Washington, D.C.
The Londonderry High Band will be marching in Monday's inaugural parade, and many other New Hampshire residents will be making the trip to our nation's capital to celebrate the start of Obama's second term.
Obama's official inauguration is on Sunday, but the ceremonial swearing in that is open to the public will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, followed by the inaugural parade at 2:30 p.m. and the inaugural ball at 6 p.m.
Amber Bargallo of Milford, who works at the New Hampshire Democratic Party, will also march in Monday's inaugural parade, carrying the New Hampshire banner.
A number of prominent New Hampshire Democrats have also been invited to attend a special reception being hosted by Vice President Joe Biden at his home on Sunday.
According to the Union Leader, Sens. Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord), Lou D'Allesandro (D-Manchester) and Donna Soucy (D-Manchester), lobbyist Jim Demers, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire President David Lang, Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster were all invited. Lang said he won't be able to attend because he has a prior engagement.
Other local Democrats heading to Washington include Kingston Democratic Chair Carol Croteau, Windham Democratic Committee Chair Kristi St. Laurent, Jane Lang of Salem and Exeter Selectman Julie Gilman.
St. Laurent told Patch she decided to attend the inauguration after experiencing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last year as a New Hampshire delegate. She'll be traveling with two friends from Windham, and plans to meet up with other New Hampshire residents while she's there.
"I am most excited to just take in the whole experience," she said. "Regardless of party affiliation, my friends are excited for me to witness these events in person because it is the President of the United States to be celebrated in Washington, D.C., our Nation's capital. It is going to be momentous given the weight of the occasion."
Croteau, in an interview with Patch, said she also sees attending the inauguration as a natural progression after serving as a delegate to the DNC.
"I'm looking forward to the experience of the swearing in and finding out what that's all about," she said. "I think it's part of the process... I just wanted to have that part of my experience of electing the president and going to the swearing in."
Lang told Patch she's also extremely excited for the trip. She'll be attending the swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural ball, and said it will allow her to check yet another item off her "Bucket List."
She's always been a supporter of Obama – he even sent her a letter after she reached out to Vice President Joe Biden while he was in New Hampshire about her battle to get onto Medicaid after she was diagnosed with cancer last year.
"When I was stronger, I worked extremely hard as a neighborhood team leader in Salem for the Obama campaign, but even before that I also worked very hard in his 2008 campaign and had the honor of introducing him at Mack's Apples on Oct. 16, 2008," Lang said. "Now as a survivor I celebrate my life every day, and the inauguration is one celebration I do not want to miss."
For those who won't be in D.C. but still want to watch the ceremony, there are several inauguration watch parties being held back here in New Hampshire.
Saint Anselm College in Manchester will host a Presidential Inauguration Watch Party for students, faculty, staff and the general public, starting at noon. The official inauguration ceremony will be shown on large screens in the North Lounge of Cushing Student Center.
And Portsmouth Democrats will be holding a "Potluck" Presidential Inauguration Party on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Governor John Langdon House at 143 Pleasant St. Room capacity is limited to 40 people, though, so unless you're already on the guest list, it may be tough to get in.
There's also a special smartphone app that allows you to watch President Obama's swearing-in ceremony live.