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AT PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION — Sandra Garner Coleman (right) is shown with family members and Estelle Jones of South Boston (second from left) at Monday’s presidential inauguration of President Barack Obama.
SoVaNow.com / January 24, 2013
“He gives us a sense of hope every time he opens his mouth, and it was just amazing to see the outpouring of love shown for President Obama by the big crowd there on Monday.”

That’s how local math teacher Sandra Garner Coleman described her feelings about being present for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Coleman said she was very lucky to have tickets in one of the areas around the Capitol where she could see the president taking his oath of office. There were people standing behind a wall near them that she helped to scale the wall and get into the area so they, too, could see. “They were so happy to be there,” she said.

After telling a local newspaper that she had been unable to get tickets for the event, she said Senator Mark Warner had called her and local county supervisor William Fitzgerald to tell him that he would get tickets for her.

“When we got to Washington on Sunday night I went to Sen. Warner’s office and he gave me two tickets. I told him that I had family coming from Los Angeles and Texas and he ended up giving me five tickets.”

Coleman, who had attended Obama’s first inauguration and who has worked on both of his presidential campaigns, said, “I can’t tell you what a sense of pride I felt being a part of this. He went back in his speech to what our founding fathers did and what we need to continue to do.

“We’re all in this together — something that he said several times that really touched me.”

Coleman said she and her family members were able to view the inaugural parade, but found that security was much tighter this time than it had been four years ago.

But the memories of her day — which, she says, are too vivid for words — will last for many years.

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I hope they enjoy the fallout of what the "Dear Leader" is going to do in his second term. We have already seen two factories close. BTW did anyone notice that has gotten their W-2 that the empolyers part of health insurance is now in box 12dd? How long do you think it will be before "Dear Leader" will add that amount to your income?


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