Kids Talk About Attending the Presidential Inauguration

President Obama, at his first inauguration four years ago

If 12-year-old Harrison Storms ever goes into politics himself, it might be because of what he learned in Washington, DC, during the holiday weekend.

Harrison is one of a select group of kids from around the country who got invited to the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference.

“I think it will help me a lot if want to become the President,” said Harrison, a seventh-grader at King’s Fork Middle School in Suffolk, Virginia, in an interview with the Suffolk News-Herald.  “Because the program actually has a seminar talking about all the rules and regulations.”

The program Harrison attended was timed to coincide with President Obama’s second inauguration.

Thirteen-year-old Jennah Reddick also got a chance to be in Washington for the inauguration.

She was invited to the People to People Leadership Summit.

“This is really exciting,” said Jennah, a student at Explore 2000 Middle School in Jersey City, New Jersey, in an interview with the Jersey Journal.  “For a 13-year-old to go to the inauguration, it’s pretty special.”

Jennah told Journal reporter Anthony Machcinski she has always wanted to see the President and the White House in person – “not just on TV.”

“I (also) want to see the new Martin Luther King monument that they just built and the Smithsonian museum,” she added.

Middle school kids aren’t the only ones invited to attend the inauguration.

A group kids from Stockbridge Elementary School in Stockbridge, Georgia, got invited, too.

Stockbridge third-grader Giancarlos Bryant was looking forward to it as a learning experience.

“We will get to learn more in social studies,” he said in an interview that aired on Atlanta TV station WAGA.  “And we will get to see things that a lot of people haven’t really seen before.”

But classmate Pauline Dang was looking forward to partying, presidential-style.

“I’m excited about going to the inaugurational balls,” she told reporter Trey Thomas, referring the special dances that are held the night of the inauguration.

Whatever the reason for their excitement, all the kids realize how lucky they are to be in Washington for the inauguration.

As Jennah told the Jersey Journal, “I get to see U.S. history.”