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Hundreds from N.C. to attend Obama inauguration

Posted January 1, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Hundreds are expected to board buses in a massive road trip from North Carolina to Washington D.C. for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 20.

Raleigh Martin Luther King Celebration Committee founder Bruce Lightner organized the bus trip.

“Back during the early part of the spring I started getting the sense that Obama was going to be victorious, so I started looking at the inauguration,” Lightner said.

Originally the plan was to take two buses.

“Within a 30 day period of time it became real clear that we need to organize it statewide,” Lightner.

The 30 buses are expected to carry about 1,700 people.

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One of the bus drivers, Arnold Davis, said he is not deterred by the likely busy D.C. roadways.

“I would go through it in a minute because of why we’re going. It’s an historical event and I’m going to be part of it,” Davis said.

The inauguration will be the second time Lightner will witness history at the National Mall. As a high school student, Lightner hitchhiked to Washington to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech.

“I don’t think anybody could have seen the day when America would elect an African-American president. This whole thing has been such a force that’s even more powerful than Obama himself,” Lightner said.


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  • exteacher Jan 2, 2009

    Thanks, eambaker! I will be there with bells on! I can't wait! January 20th can't get here soon enough.

  • eambaker Jan 2, 2009

    The District agencies are working overtime to make certain everything runs smoothly. They are still trying to figure out where to park all those buses! They are just as excited about the Inauguration as the rest of us. To all who are attending, have a wonderful time!

  • shoyaryt Jan 2, 2009

    "I hate to burst his bubble, but this is not the first African American elected to president. His mother was lilly white, so he is half black. I guess it really shows how much that race really looks at the coler of skin alone."

    Perhaps you should read up on the US's infamous historical "One-Drop Rule"... I bet you didn't have a problem calling him a black senator from Illinois two years ago, but now..?

  • br549znc Jan 2, 2009


  • mjeffrey Jan 2, 2009

    hawkbruc, the Supreme Court has refused to hear that case, so i guess you will be waiting in vain.

  • hawkbruc Jan 2, 2009

    I'm still waiting on the Supreme Court declaring him ineligible to be president . Watch what chaos happens then .

  • tracya3904 Jan 2, 2009

    APPFAN: "Perhaps you should work to be part of the solution instead of continuing to add to the problems."

    I totally agree. I guess when people don't get what they want, thats when they make things worse for anyone else.

  • exteacher Jan 1, 2009

    I never cease to be amazed at the ignorance people are happy to display to the world through their comments on here. I doubt most of you even bothered to vote and clearly have no clue about what is going on or know anything about any of the issues facing our country. You are happy to sit back and throw stones and make judgments about people and events you know nothing about. I doubt most of you complainers even bothered to vote.
    Perhaps you should work to be part of the solution instead of continuing to add to the problems.

  • whatusay Jan 1, 2009

    Obama has fooled lots of people by promising them things he can never deliver. Already the far left is crying because he has changed his mind of most of the promises he made to get elected. A politician will "say" almost anything for your vote, and will "do" anything for enough money.

  • dont_preach Jan 1, 2009

    I will be there for sure along with both my daughter.