Lo­cals at­tend in­au­gu­ra­tion fes­tiv­i­ties

Record Observer - - Front Page - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

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).

PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT BUCKEY

Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Robert Buckey and his fam­ily wait for the in­au­gu­ral pa­rade to be­gin Fri­day, Jan. 20, in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

PHOTO COURTESY KATHY DEOUDES

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.

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