Sophomore Christina Noto said she has been to the nation’s capital before, but never for an event of this magnitude.
“It is going to be exciting to see the president sworn in, and to be able to do so at such a young age is so wonderful,” she said.
She said although the ceremony will be the highlight of the trip, she is looking forward to the dance and visiting the different sites and museums.
Pindar said she decided to take students again because the past trips have been so successful.
“This will probably be one of the biggest historical moments that will happen during these students’ lifetimes,” she said.
According to Pindar, an estimated 500,000 to 800,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event.
An estimated 1.8 million people attended the 2009 inauguration for Obama’s first term. That was more than the previous record of 1.6 million who came to see Dwight D. Eisenhower sworn in.
Pindar was not able to purchase tickets to the inauguration ceremony in 2009 because the demand for tickets. Students were able to watch the swearing-in ceremony from a non-ticketed viewing area however.
The ceremony, which includes the swearing-in of the president and vice president as well as the Presidential Inaugural Address, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan 21.
The purpose of the address is to outline the political values that will govern the country while also recognizing the requirements and limitations of being the president. The tradition was started by the country’s first president, George Washington, who made a short speech after the oath of office was administered.
Nearly every president has followed suit, except for the five who entered office under unusual circumstances. In 1997, President Clinton was the first to have his address broadcast over the Internet for the entire world to see.
Students are expected to be back in Cooperstown at about midnight on Monday, Jan 21.