Taking in the inauguration
Beverly Bard volunteered across the community through the fall to help President Barack Obama secure his re-election — now she’ll witness the result of her efforts in person.
Bard, who has a background in teaching, will travel to Washington, D.C., for ceremonies to kick off the president’s second term. It’s the first time that Bard has attended an inauguration in the nation’s capital.
“I’ve never participated in anything of this nature before in my life,” she told The High Point Enterprise. “Since I was so involved with the campaign, this would be the time to go.”
Bard will arrive in Washington Saturday and stay through the public swearing in ceremony for the president, which takes place Monday on the steps outside the Capitol and is expected to draw crowds approaching 800,000.
Bard averaged devoting 40 hours per week campaigning for Obama leading up to the Nov. 6 general election, though her commitment of time accelerated as Election Day drew closer. Bard served as a team leader out of the Obama campaign High Point office, recruiting and organizing volunteers to call and canvass voters.
“I think President Obama is trying his hardest to do what’s good for the American people,” she said.
For supporters of the president who can’t make the 260-mile trip from High Point to Washington, local people are holding watch parties for the swearing in ceremony Monday — a date that coincides with the Rev. Martin Luther King national holiday.
The Carl Chavis branch of the YMCA of Greater High Point will host an inauguration watch party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at 2757 Granville St. The event is open to the general public.
“It’s momentous that the inauguration is happening the same day as the King holiday,” said Carlvena Foster, executive director of the Chavis Y branch.
Jackie Haizlip, owner of Jackie’s Place at 607 Washington St., will host a luncheon for guests to view the inauguration from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday. There would be a charge for the meal as part of the event.
Myra Slone, a Democratic Party activist who ran for state Senate last year, will have an inauguration watch party Monday at her home in southwest Guilford County near the northern edge of the High Point city limit.
Several hundred people who volunteered to re-elect the president or for other Democratic Party campaigns last year are invited, as well as people interested in getting involved in local politics, Slone said.
“We’re doing a potluck since it’s a holiday. A lot of people worked really hard, and we just want to show our appreciation and share in the excitement of the moment,” she said.
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