Texomans to attend inauguration

Lawton_Several people from Texoma are in the nation's capital to witness President-Elect Barack Obama sworn into office. They tell 7News it's a once in a lifetime event and an opportunity to truly be a part of history. The Andersons have been to D.C. before to visit relatives, but immediately following the election they decided they had to go back for the inauguration.

"We're right in the middle of history unfolding, so thats exciting for me, because we're all coming together from all across the world," said Paulette Anderson.

She requested tickets fom all five Oklahoma representatives and even wrote representatives from Arkansas and states near the U.S. capital. They finally got tickets from Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole.

"I'm 21 and this is my first time being eligible to vote," said Tiffany Anderson. "So to be in the midst of the millions that are estimated to show up, it's going to be an experience that I'm never going to forget."

Many inauguration attendees are still too young to vote, including 3,000 students selected from across the country to attend the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference.

"I think it's important for us, before we get to vote, to go experience what our country is all about," said 16-year-old Comanche High School student Andrew Aldridge. "That's our nation's capital, and I feel that those people that are able to vote right now, some of them are lacking the knowledge and understanding of where our country has come from."

"I'm just so proud of him that he is going to be to go to this," said Andrew's mentor BJ Ames. "I know he's going to come back changed, and he's going to come back and use it for the rest of his life."

So watch for the Andersons in their t-shirts that say Lawton, and Andrew says he'll be representing his and all small-town schools.

"I'm very excited because I think this is going to be good; the community's going to turn and say there is something from Comanche High School and Comanche High School is doing something," said Aldridge.

Andrew says he'd like to become president someday and his former teacher Ms. Ames says if that day comes, she will vote for him and attend his inauguration.

For extensive inauguration day coverage you can tune into your 7News station starting with Good Morning America at 6 a.m. The inauguration begins at 9 a.m.