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Local man heads to D.C. for inauguration

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ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- So how do you get that front-row seat, or any seat for that matter, to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States?

240,000 tickets were printed, it couldn't be that hard, right?

For Rochester native George Thompson and his son, it's going to be just another adventure to add to their list.

Thompson got lucky, though.

After contacting Congressman Tim Walz, he was placed in a lottery and just happened to get his name pulled.

Thompson says he expects to see a lot of people at the January 20 inauguration and a lot of emotions.

He has followed Obama's campaign and has recordings of several of his big speeches.

His son is flying out from California and will meet him in D.C..

Thompson says if it wasn't for his son, he would be watching the inauguration on television.

George says, "He said, 'Dad, we've got to go this. We've got be apart of this inauguration.' And my idea was I can sit here in my house and be warm and comfortable, and not have to hassle with the crowds out there. But he said, 'Dad, we have to be part of this.'

Thompson was in Washington, D.C. in 1995 for the Million Man March.

However, he and several others rode a bus all the way there.

This time, he says he looks forward to the plane.

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