Siouxlanders head to Washington for Obama inauguration
Two Siouxlanders joined the crowd in front of the White House for inauguration activities.
The nation celebrated President Barack Obama's second inauguration Monday.
It was a busy week for a couple of Siouxlanders who went to Washington, to soak in the experience.
Alex Watters of Okoboji, Iowa, worked on Obama's re-election campaign in Sioux City. He went to D.C. for what he called the final chapter of that journey.
Watters says the crowd may not be quite as big as it was four years ago, but he says it's been a day to remember.
"It's been an incredible time to be in our nation's capitol. I can't imagine what it was like four years ago, when it was about double the amount of people," said Watters. "But I will attest that it is pretty crowded here. It's been a blast."
With an itinerary filled to capacity, Alta, Iowa, resident Rob Hach's visit to D.C. was quite busy.
Hach was invited to the White House along with several other citizen co-chairs for the inaugural events.
Hach says each of co-chairs was impacted by a particular policy of the president's. Barack Obama told them it was his idea to invite them into the Oval Office, as a way to represent the accomplishments of his first four years in office. Hach says this is a weekend he'll never forget.
"It was intense to be in that Oval Office and be surrounded by all the George Washington (things), his portrait hung across the desk from where the President would sit," said Hach.
Hach rode on a float in the Inaugural Parade this afternoon. He and Watters will be flying back soon.
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