Roanoke students, professsor witness history at presidential inauguration

by rcnewsblog on February 7, 2013

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RC students, (from left to right) Allison Baker, Emily Gould, Emma Webb and Emma Kessler, visited Washington, D.C., for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Once every four years a monumental event occurs at this nation’s capital.

This year, on Jan. 21, members of the Roanoke College community joined the crowds in Washington D.C., to witness the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Several members of the Roanoke College Democrats drove a college van to Washington D.C., the day before the ceremony. Emma Webb ‘14, president of the club, organized the trip.

The RC Democrats worked tirelessly to campaign for President Obama during the fall election. The students went door to door, made phone calls and encouraged people to vote for Obama.

Emily Gould, a sophomore at Roanoke, helped with the campaign, and she was one of the RC Democrats at the inauguration After arriving in Washington D.C., via Metro at 5:30 a.m. the morning of the inauguration, the students anxiously tried to find a place to watch the ceremony.

“We actually started running a little bit because we were trying to get as close as we could in the national mall. We just ran to the national mall, and we had to hold on to each other so that we didn’t get separated,” Gould said.

A member of the College’s faculty also attended the inauguration. Katie Elmore, a professor in the Education department, and her daughter traveled to Washington, D.C., to witness the occasion.

“The crowd was huge, very diverse…It made me so proud of how far our country has come. There was a spirit of hope and joy in the crowd,” said Elmore. “Stretching all the way down the mall to the Washington Monument was this huge ocean of people.  They were cheering and waving their American flags.”

Gould was in the standing crowd that Elmore observed. She experienced firsthand the optimism of the people surrounding her.

“This one girl who was sitting by us made the comment that, ‘We are all here together. This is kind of like a family,’” Gould said.

 –By Kayla Fuller ’14

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