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Published January 09, 2009, 12:00 AM

Detroit Lakes couple heading to Obama inauguration

As soon as the Nov. 4 election was over, maybe even the day of, Ellie Hauser of Detroit Lakes sent an e-mail to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson requesting tickets to the presidential inauguration Jan. 20. She found out Monday, she and her husband are going.

By: Pippi Mayfield, DL-Online

As soon as the Nov. 4 election was over, maybe even the day of, Ellie Hauser of Detroit Lakes sent an e-mail to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson requesting tickets to the presidential inauguration Jan. 20. She found out Monday, she and her husband are going.

“I thought I’d give it a long shot,” she said. She and her husband were both involved in making phone calls for the DFL, asking people to get out and vote.

Sharon Josephson, who runs Peterson’s office in Detroit Lakes, said Peterson was given 200 tickets to give out and had over 700 requests for them.

Once the Hausers got the word Monday that they had received tickets, Ellie went online and made airline and hotel reservations for the trip.

She said she also went to town and bought a camera with a bigger lens.

“The only bad thing was we got AC/DC tickets for Saturday. But this is way more important,” she said.

After hearing on the Ed Schultz Show that to get tickets, the public simply had to contact their representative and make a request, the Hausers went for it.

Ellie said it’s not just that Barack Obama was elected, but getting involved politically has them interested.

Bob is an Army veteran, and Ellie joined the Fergus Falls chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Both are retired locomotive engineers from Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

“I respect the office and just like being politically active and aware,” she said.

Both went to see Hilary Clinton and Obama when they spoke in Grand Forks, N.D., before the elections, and Ellie said she went to see George Bush when he came to Fargo years back.

So, Monday they found out they received the tickets, and Monday they have to be in St. Paul to pick up the tickets at the capitol. They fly out the following Sunday for Washington, D.C.

Bob said the trip will be extra interesting since that Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and there should be a lot people out celebrating.

“Flying into New York and flying into D.C., just the whole trip,” will be exciting, Bob said.

Plans for Jan. 20, the day of the inauguration, begin with security checks at 9:30 a.m., with the ceremony following at 11:30.

Of course the Hausers’ day will start much earlier — they’ll get in line and try to get a good area to view the swearing in ceremony. The event is standing room only.

Ellie said as of Friday she’s still wondering what to wear.

There’s no snow on the ground in Washington, D.C., and she’s not sure how formally they should dress.

After the inauguration ceremony, there will be a parade featuring many marching bands, including the Fergus Falls band.

Ellie said she and her husband have told everyone that they are going to see history in the making and “everybody wanted to hide in our suitcase,” she said with a laugh. “We’re excited to go.”

“It just shows that anybody can get there, the average person,” Bob said.

“I’m so happy they picked us,” Ellie added.

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