Hail to the chief

Published 12:29 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It was her “March on Washington” — that was how Michele Robertson described Tuesday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama.

“For me, that was my march on Washington,” Michele said, “since I was not around when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did his speech at the national monument. I just can’t speak, it was my march on Washington to see history being made — to see parts of Dr. King’s dream come true. We were able to be there to witness what he and others fought for to give equality to all.

“It was an awesome experience,” she said. “We had a fantastic time.”

Obama took the oath of office in front of a crowd of more than 1 million people — including Robertson and her mother, Andalusia resident Ethel Robertson. The day’s event made him this nation’s 44th president.

For the two, the day began at 3 a.m. before hopping a train at 5 a.m. to make it to the historic event.

Robertson said she and her mother braved the cold and were able to obtain a spot in the National Mall where they watched the swearing in on the Jumbotron alongside people from every part of the world.

“There were people there from Birmingham, Atlanta, even Pensacola — we met people from all over the country,” she said. “There were people there from England, Asia. It was just amazing.”