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Madisonians headed to Washington, D.C.


MADISON (WKOW) -- On Tuesday, Barack Obama will take the oath of office as America's 44th president. We interviewed two young men who will watch and listen from the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

While their perspectives may differ, they share a growing sense of excitement. They are, after all, witnessing history.

Jacob Carrel's bedroom is a tribute to the man he says inspired him to get involved in politics.

"One thing I really liked was how he wrote his own speeches," he said.

And he'll actually get to see Barack Obama give perhaps his most important speech to date in person.

"When I got the phone call I was like -- wow! I was so surprised and so excited. I almost screamed into the phone," Carrel said.

The West High Freshman and former Obama campaign intern is too young to vote, but says he worked hard to tell others about Obama's message of change.

'"If I can't make my vote count -- since it doesn't -- I figured I could at least convince others to make their votes count."

He's hoping to see the inaugural parade, hit a few landmarks, and maybe meet some famous people.

"It's one of those things where in 80 years I'm going to be thinking about this," Carrel said. "I'm gonna keep a journal, take a lot of pictures, so that everyone can see what it was like."

Madison attorney Edward Edney already has a pretty good idea. He grew up with stories of his grandparents walking alongside Martin Luther King, Junior, during the 1963 March on Washington, but says, he didn't really understand their struggle until now.

"You were so far removed from that experience -- actually living in a community where you could only go to certain colored facilities, and what it meant to stand up to that kind of apartheid," he said.

When he watches Obama take the oath of office, Edney expects his emotions will finally get the better of him.

"To see young black children watch their father -- to see the African-American family stand together like that -- it's really gonna hit me."

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