Following a busy December, Greg Rabb, Jamestown City Council president, is in Washington, D.C. this weekend to see attend the presidential inauguration.
"I managed to get a ticket for the inauguration so I'll going down for the weekend," said Rabb. "I didn't have the opportunity to go last time, so I'm looking forward to going this year, especially since I was a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. At that time, I was very optimistic that we would win the election and we did, so I'm looking forward to being there to see the president and the vice president, whom I had the opportunity to talk to recently. This is really exciting for me since it's my first inauguration, but hopefully it will be one of many more."
The inauguration, which actually takes place over the course of multiple days, will begin on Sunday when the president is sworn in at a small, private ceremony. Monday will see a second swearing-in ceremony, along with the inaugural parade and the official inaugural ball.
"I'm not going to be sitting up front with the House, the Senate or the Supreme Court justices during the ceremony. Where I'll be, I call it the second-tier seating. You have to have a ticket to get in, and then there are the crowds behind us. I'm happy to be there, though. I'm going down Friday night because they're not allowed to mail the tickets, so I'll be going to Washington early to pick them up from Congressman Reed's office."
According to Rabb, it was Congressman Tom Reed's office that made it possible for him to receive tickets to attend the inauguration. This past year has been a year of firsts for Rabb, who had previously not had the opportunity to go to the Democratic National Convention and will count this event as his first inauguration.
"Being a teacher of political science and City Council president, it definitely adds to the excitement for me," said Rabb. "It's sort of like Christmas for me. I was really excited when I was a delegate at the convention. I'm not only someone who works in government, but someone that teaches it, too, so I'm looking forward to being able to come back and share these stories with my students."