East Texans head to the White House

By Layron Livingston - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

She's one proud "Obama-mama" and this weekend, she'll be making the trip of a lifetime. In one week, President Elect Barack Obama will be sworn in as our nation's 44th President. One East Texas family is gearing up to witness history in the making.

"If the world lasts another 40 years, I would like to be alive and say, I was there," said Keffie Battles.

If everything goes according to plan she will be there, along with all her girls, from the youngest to the oldest.

"Being there gives me, not only an opportunity to witness, but talk and interact with people that are there and hear what they're thinking and why they are there," said Keffie.

She and her family live near Chapel Hill, but when they descend upon our nation's capitol, she said they will not just be representing East Texas. Keffie moved to the United States from the Bahamas back in 1980.

"It was my grandfather's idea. He was watching the news. He would call everyday. Are you watching the news? [He would say] Watch this," said Andeidra.

"He has been the one that's really been pushing and nudging us to participate in this event," said Keffie.

The nation is getting ready and so are the Battles. Their luggage is already at the front door. They're driving more than twelve hundred miles, just to be among the nearly two million expected to be there when Barack Obama takes office. Andressa Battles said this was her first chance to vote in a presidential election.

"I'm not looking forward to the weather, but I'm looking forward to crowds of people being able to stand in the middle of a big crowd and look around and see different faces and not know anybody and be on one accord," said Andressa.

"It's going to be an exciting adrenaline rush," said Andeidra.

"He seems very determined to fulfill, as far as humanly possible, the dreams that he has for America," said Keffie.

This family wants to see those dreams realized.

While you are here, we've set up a special inauguration page. We have lots of inauguration information there. Plus, we will be streaming live coverage of the inauguration next week. It's a convienient place to watch while you are at work.

If you are one of the several East Texans heading to DC for the event would love to see, hear and experience what you experience. Please post your inauguration pics and video using See it, Snap it, Send it. Feel free to turn the camera on yourselves and share your thoughts and feelings during the historic moment in our nation's history so that we may share them with our fellow East Texans.