On my way to the Presidential Inauguration - January 19, 2013

Deerfield High School student, Lily Zacharias, on my way to witness the Presidential Inauguration

At O'Hare International Airport a little after 7:00 am, with anticipation of my next five days in Washington, DC.  After a slight plane delay, I arrived at Reagan National Airport and suddenly it was very real; the excitement of the Presidential Inauguration abounds.  Upon arrival at the hotel, I met with high school students from all over the United States.  The High School Inauguration Conference has a busy, event filled agenda.  I was assigned to the Lincoln group, very appropriate I think!  During this busy time,  we were assured that our schedule will be filled with exploring presidential campaign strategy, learning about the electoral process, and engaging with prominent keynote speakers, while having the privilege to experience the excitement of the Presidential Inauguration.  And they did not disappoint.

Initially we heard from two very compelling speakers. Alex Shriver, the National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee and from Tori Taylor, the National President of the College Democrats of America, who both provide their particular insight into election campaign strategies as well as advice and information regarding how to get involved in politics and as a leader.  Whatever your political beliefs are, it was interesting and informative.

Later that evening, we enjoyed music and political satire as performed by The Capitol Steps, which is a Washington-based troupe of congressional staffers turned songwriters who, we were told, have recorded over 30 albums. Education, entertainment, and ready to embark on Day Two....

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