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Obama stand-in gets inauguration tickets

Posted January 16, 2009

— The family of Army Staff Sgt. Derrick Brooks, who stood in for President-elect Barack Obama at an inauguration rehearsal on Sunday, will get to attend the real event next week.

Brooks, 26, who grew up in Fayetteville and Robeson County, is stationed at Fort Meade, Md., as part of the Armed Forces Inauguration Committee.

He was tapped to serve as the stand-in for the new president last fall before Obama won the election, and his comrades have teased him about his resemblance to the 44th president ever since, said his mother Donna Books, who lives in St. Pauls.

Derrick Brooks had been unable to obtain tickets to the inauguration, so he and his family planned to watch the event on television. But Mike McIntyre, North Carolina's Seventh District representative, secured three tickets so Brooks' parents and daughter could attend.

Brooks can't attend himself because he will be on duty Tuesday.

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  • lilbit278 Jan 16, 2009

    Hope his duty day will be changed, he should be able to attend.

  • Caveman93 Jan 16, 2009

    Good for him!

  • MarvinsWife12 Jan 16, 2009

    "What do you want to bet that this duty roster gets changed, like real fast."

    Considering he "is stationed at Fort Meade, Md., as part of the Armed Forces Inauguration Committee" I'm guessing it won't get changed as he'll be at the inauguration.

  • EZeegoing Jan 16, 2009

    ""Brooks can't attend himself because he will be on duty Tuesday.""

    What do you want to bet that this duty roster gets changed, like real fast.

  • cbarnett Jan 16, 2009

    Cool! I'm glad. He, of all people, deserves them.

  • bandydoo2000 Jan 16, 2009

    Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre did a good deed for the soldier and his family.

  • computer trainer Jan 16, 2009

    Come on, who did not think that this would be the case?? As soon as they said it on TV, I knew that those tickets would magically appear. I would not be surprised if he did not wind up escorting his mom, dad and daughter.