Utah students head to DC to witness inauguration first hand


Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The transition of power from President Obama to Donald Trump will be complete in a matter of days.

The inauguration is drawing a lot of attention from those ready to celebrate and those ready to protest the controversial new president.

Hundreds of thousands are expected in the Nation’s Capital when Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

Utahns are eager to be there.

Ten thousand ticket requests were made through the Utah Republican Party and our elected officials.

Steven Gidley, a Logan resident will be there.

He’s been planning the trip since October, 2016.

He says no matter what side you are on it’s going to be an historic day.

“I’m just excited to spend a day in a heavily populated city and to see all the crowds that come out. Really just a patriotic day, I feel like it’s just going to be July 4th on steroids,” said Gidley.

Mr. Arnold’s American History class from Fremont High School will be there too.

“We came out to tour the city, and see the historical sights and gain a better understanding. And then the inauguration just happened to be a talking point for us all year,” said Arnold.

His students are excited for the chance to do more than talk about it.

“The classroom is one thing, I mean you can learn a lot, but there is nothing that can replace actually being there, I guess and actually going out and seeing things,” said Michael Bryson, a senior at Fremont.

“Once in a lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t wait to go, so I was excited,” said Zoey Reisen, a junior at Fremont.

And just like generations before them, this class is reflective of a sharp divide.

Some look forward to the next four years with optimism.

“He just doesn’t take no for an answer, and I like that about him, and he’s sassy and I love sass,” said Reisen.

Others are uncertain about what is to come.

“I guess I’m going to be okay to see him, but at the same time it’s like, um I’m not sure about this guy,” said Bryson.

In addition about 500 women from our state are expected to participate in the Women’s March on Washington.

That is set for Saturday.

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