A Bronx woman and her boyfriend have just the ticket to rub shoulders with a bit of American history next week. Borough reporter Erin Clarke interviewed the couple as they prepare to go to President Obama's second inauguration and filed the following report.
Charise Gordon entered her name in a lottery for tickets to attend President Obama's first inauguration but didn't win. When she learned that Senator Charles Schumer's office was again offering tickets to New Yorkers for his second swearing in, she tried again.
This time her persistence paid off.
"I got this email saying congratulations, you won two tickets to the presidential inauguration and I was so excited. I couldn't believe it," Gordon recalled.
Gordon will attend the ceremony with her boyfriend Ben Pryor. She grew up in the Bronx, he's from Harlem, and they both agree that the opportunity for everyday New Yorkers to go to the event is a pretty big deal.
"A lot of the inner city people don't get that chance to go and say 'Hey I was part of history. Hey I experienced this,'" Pryor said.
It's an experience they will surely be talking about for years to come.
"Amazing. It's like an out of body experience. I can't still believe that I'm going to be there until I go, so It's going to be a story to tell," Gordon said.
For Ben, there's a bit of added significance. His mother who passed away in 2007, dreamed of the day this country would see an African American president and he's sure she's looking down on him and this moment with pride.
"She's shaking her head. She's like 'Oh yeah, oh yeah.' So I know she's happy. If she's looking down, she's happy," Pryor said.
After NY1's interview, Charise and Ben headed to Senator Schumer's office to pick up their tickets. Monday will be cold and there will be standing room only at the ceremony, but the two don't seem to mind that at all.
Charise and her boyfriend will head down to the capitol on Sunday.
NY1 will check back with them to find out how the experience went.