Western students visit Washington

18 students attending Obama inauguration

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

With an anticipated two million visitors flooding Washington D.C. today, the buzz elevating Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President of the United States has reached a fever pitch.

Amidst unprecedented security â€" various media outlets have put the number of law enforcement agents in the tens of thousands â€" citizens from across the nation have converged on America’s capital to witness what many are calling the defining moment of our generation.

Though the actual swearing-in ceremony does not take place until just before noon today, many events will occupy the mornings of both the new president and those eager to personally witness the occasion.

Tradition dictates the Obamas will meet with the Bushes at the White House before travelling down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands will crowd through various security checkpoints in an attempt to get as close as possible to the stage. With last night’s forecast predicting a chilly 1ºC with a chance of snow, revelers may find the crowd an appreciated source of warmth.

The event has attracted its fair share of international attention as well, including a contingent of students from Western.

18 members of Western’s Organization for Political Science Students travelled to an already packed city Saturday, where they plan to do some sightseeing before the event itself.

By press time, none of the members of the OPSS could reach The Gazette for comment on their journey.

For those interested in further discussion on Obama, The Centre for American Studies at Western will be hosting a lecture entitled “Welcome to the Age of Obama” this Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Spencer Engineering Building.

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