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Locals to take bus to 2013 inauguration

Published 10:50am Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Inauguration Day will see thousands of people making their way to Washington, D.C., to see President Barack Obama take the Oath of Office for a second time, and at least a few of them will be from Alexander City.

Elizabeth Benton of Benton’s Beauty Supply has been organizing a charter bus trip to make the more than 700-mile trip to the inauguration.

This will be Benton’s third inauguration to attend – she went to Bill Clinton’s in 1999 and Obama’s in 2008.

“The mass of people was just overwhelming (at Obama’s),” Benton said. “You’ve got to be able to handle large crowds.”

The bus will leave Jan. 19 and return Jan. 22. Hotel accommodations are included in the trip package.

Benton said all ages are going on the trip, although she recommends not bringing young children because of all the walking and the fast-paced nature of the trip.

“We have granddads with their grandsons,” Benton said. “That’s pretty neat.”

Benton said people have even come from other counties to participate in the trip – even other states.

“Last trip a group from Heflin, Ala., called me up, (and they) had relatives in Hawaii that flew home and caught the bus to D.C.,” Benton said. “That was a lot of fun.”

Benton said she’s excited about the trip.

“It’s a very historical moment, and being there (in 2008) to hear the swearing in and to read that part of Isaiah – “government shall be up on His shoulder” – it’s like a big hush that comes over this huge crowd,” Benton said. “It was almost tear-jerking.”

A few spots are still available for those who want to go on the trip. For more information call 256-329-3560 or email