Locals attend inauguration festivities
WASHINGTON — Many Queen Anne’s County private citizens and public officials got to see history in the making in person when Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president on Friday, Jan. 20.
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin went to Trump’s inauguration to support the office of the presidency more than an individual, said his spokesman Sue Walitsky. “It was for the peaceful transition of power, that’s one hallmark of our democracy.”
Maryland Sen. Steve Hershey went, too, and was close to Trump during the inauguration. It was easier to see Trump than the screen nearby, he said.
“There were numerous times of loud eruption of applause. I think his message was speaking to his supporters, and that they want to put our country first,” Hershey said.
He said he went because it presented an opportunity that doesn’t come often and, as one of the Republican leaders in Maryland General Assembly, he hasn’t had this kind of opportunity in 12 years. “I support the president of the United States. I’m very happy Trump is our president.”
Diana Waterman, former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, also attended with friends. Waterman, who lives north of Centreville, had good seats and could see the podium where Trump was sworn into office. It was crowded, she said, “you could feel the energy in the air from so many people being together and excited about our new president.”
Like other people who went, she enjoyed the peaceful transition of power. The outgoing president, Barack Obama was there as well as former presidents, Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton also attended.
“Everybody is there, being civilized. We can campaign against each other in the election, but when the voters made their choice, it’s a peaceful transition,” Waterman said.
She also went to the Freedom Ball and stayed for almost all of it. “The ball was lovely. Lots of beautiful gowns. The entertainment was very good,” she said.
Also in attendance for the inauguration was Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey, his wife, and his 6-year-old son. “We went down as a group, the National Association of Counties.”
“What I enjoyed about it was the transition of power like we do,” Buckey said. “Other countries don’t do it like we do .... We got to see the president sworn in, and we had tickets to the parade.”
Kathy Deoudes of Queenstown also went, although she said she had reservations about the weather and the crowd. She said the event was well organized with law enforcement from Homeland Security, Border security, the Secret Service and the D.C. police.
Deoudes, who went with her husband and family members, said she spoke with people who lived far away, including San Diego, Indianapolis, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
“I have not been to an inauguration before, and I felt I would like to go and see a peaceful transition of power,” she said.
Her husband, Nick, said they got tickets thanks to his nephew who works for a congressman in Texas and Nick also had Secret Service sticker on his windshield. But, at a checkpoint, a bomb sniffing dog checked out their car.
As for the inauguration, Nick could see it, but he mostly viewed it from a big screen and it was amazing to see so many people, he said.
“Everybody looked for the country to improve. And what caught my attention was the diversity of the crowd, Hispanic, Asian, African American, people from Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, and Virginia,” he said. “It was pretty amazing.”
Diana Waterman, left, at the Liberty and Freedom inaugural ball with Rob Willoughby (Caroline) and Mary Burke Russell (St. Mary’s).
Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey and his family wait for the inaugural parade to begin Friday, Jan. 20, in Washington, D.C.
Angelica Deoudes, left, went with her parents, Nick and Kathy Deoudes of Queenstown, to the Donald’s Trump presidential inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20.
Md. Sen. Steve Hershey, right, with Minority Leader J.B. Jennings attend an inaugural ball.