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Yakima Family Heads to D.C. for Obama's Inauguration

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YAKIMA, Wash.- A Yakima family is going to the President's Inauguration. Ester Huey got nine tickets for her and her grandchildren.

"I started screaming we got the tickets, we got the tickets," said Ester Huey.

She told me this was her first reaction. She grew up in the south and never imagined she would one day see a black president. In just one week, she'll be witnessing in person what she thought was the impossible. 

"Even just thinking about it and thinking of all the experiences in my life is emotional," said Huey.

She will be sharing this emotional and historic moment with eight of her grandchildren.

Ester says she wrote to congressman Doc Hastings and told her how much this would mean to her. A few weeks later, she got the okay and the tickets. 

"It's overwhelming, there'll be a lot of tears, a lot of happiness and a lot of things going on," said Adrianne Garnar, a family member.

Ester is staying busy finishing work at the office so she can start packing for her trip to D.C. The two youngest grandchildren making the trip across the nation are 11-year-old twins Jasmine and Avery.

"They're already packed. That tells you right there, they don't leave till Friday morning but they've been packed since this weekend," said Garnar, their mother. Ester did admit it was hard to choose who to take but age and an interest in history played a big role in her decision. She says she hopes all of her grandchildren will look to Obama as an example.

"See him as a role model and reach as high as they can and as high as they want and know they can reach it," said Huey.

Ester Huey and her grandchildren will be leaving Friday and will send us photos while they're in D.C.  
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