Neshobans attend inauguration
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 AM
A high school secretary at Neshoba Central attended Monday's inauguration and although she didn't actually get to see President Obama, she landed an interview with a news anchor from CNN.
The Neshoba County native was asked by anchor Christi Paul to complete the following sentence: "During his next term, I would like to see the President . . . ."
Martha Moore, 57, who traveled by plane with a friend from Carthage to attend the inauguration, answered, "Continue to be humble and let the Lord guide him.
"This was our first time," said Moore. "I wanted to come during his first term but I was unable. The Lord made a way for me to come this time and I really enjoyed it."
Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with "passion and dedication" to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.
Moore and her friend joined a group from Chicago in Washington and had a wonderful time.
The CNN interview was the highlight of the trip for Moore.
"We were in front of the Washington Monument," she said.
The group stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, arriving on Friday.
"We've done a lot of sightseeing," Moore said, including the Martin Luther King Memorial, the Smithsonian and the Lincoln Memorial.
Moore said attending the inauguration was a touching experience for her.
"I think about my grandparents who never dreamed that something could ever happen where their granddaughter would be able to witness something like this. It's just a blessing that I had an opportunity to come."
She thanked two of her friends, Charles Griffin and Charlsie Fay Moore, for helping make her trip possible.
"When they found out I was coming they supported me financially," she said.
Moore's children and grandchildren can expect an inaugural souvenir when she returns home. She might even have a little something for her co-workers in the office at Neshoba Central High School where she has worked for 21 years.
By Monday, Moore had already purchased souvenirs ranging from T-shirts and caps to pens and calendars.
"I'm bringing souvenirs for all my grandchildren and kids and everybody including my pastor," she said.
Moore was not the only Neshoba County native attending the inauguration.
Among others was Philadelphia High School graduate Pete DeWeese, son of Fent and Betty DeWeese.
A literature teacher at Milton High School in Georgia, DeWeese was part of a teacher-student delegation through the Close Up Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which brings students to the nation's capital to study the democratic process.
DeWeese participated in the Close Up program in Washington during his senior year at PHS.
The group of 38 students along with teachers arrived Thursday morning and is staying at Crystal City.
"We are at the same place as a delegation from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians," DeWeese said. "I met Don Kilgore, my parents' next door neighbor, walking through the lobby!"
DeWeese said he and other members of his group left their hotel Monday morning at 5:30 to attend the inauguration.
He watched the historic event in the vicinity of the Reflecting Pool in front of the Capitol.
"We let the kids fight the crowds and get closer," he said. "We watched it on large high-definition Jumbotrons like you see in college football games. They were every 800 to 1,000 feet."
DeWeese said while he didn't see the president, just being at the inauguration was a moving and unique experience.
"This has been done 57 times in our nation's history so that is a relatively small number.
"The energy in the atmosphere around the mall was unique. There was a large crowd in a passive, friendly environment. Not like what you see at a football game."
While he really couldn't hear the president's remarks for the people clapping, DeWeese wasn't disappointed.
"Regardless of your political affiliation, it was a neat event," he said.