As the world’s eyes turn to the U.S. Tuesday to watch the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, a handful of Vancouverites will be in Washington D.C. to take part in the historic celebration.
“I just can’t wait,” said Michael Meneer, one of four local members of Democrats Abroad heading to the U.S. capital this weekend.
“It’s a big victory party. We have this amazing leader and candidate in Barack Obama. The first African American president of the United States. He’s so clearly going to chart a new course for the country.”
Meneer, who moved to Vancouver in 2007 from Washington D.C., said he’s also looking forward to seeing President George W. Bush exit the Capitol Building and board a presidential helicopter for the last time.
Glyn Lewis, one of the co-founders of Canadians for Obama, was in Fairfax, Va., on election night and headed across the river to take part in the celebrations out front of the White House.
“There were hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of Washington celebrating — cars honking, people marching, high-fiving, marching, dancing — it was jubilation.”
For Lewis, who met Obama while volunteering in Iowa, the inauguration will be a chance to reconnect with friends he met on the campaign.
“It’ll be a good opportunity for me to share some stories with people I haven’t seen for months.”