A number of Grayson County folks will be taking part in events that will surround President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration this week. Some will be cheering the new president on while others will be marching to a different drum.
Barbara and George Woodruff will be in D.C. to support the new president.
“To be quite honest, we supported him (Trump) along the way,” Barbara Woodruff said.
She said they even went to Pennsylvania to get out the vote for him. So, she said, they feel it is important to be there the day that he actually takes office.
Barbara Woodruff said she and her husband will likely meet up with others who worked in Pennsylvania. In addition to attending the inauguration, Barbara Woodruff said, the couple plans to go to the Texas Black Tie and Boots Ball on Jan. 19 and are going to try to go to a presidential ball as well.
She said there will likely be fewer balls this time around than when they went to George W. Bush’s inaugurations in 2001 and 2005. Woodruff said she thinks Trump is “thinking more about the common people” and that “we don’t need all that pizazz.”
Sherman attorney Pam McGraw is leading a different group of women who are going to take part in the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place the day after Trump takes the oath of office. The Facebook page for the event says that the Grayson County women will be among at least 186,000 people who plan to take part in the event.
“The reason the march is important is because it sends an immediate visceral message to the new president and all of Congress of the extent of opposition facing this president,” McGraw said. “He did not receive a mandate from the American people because a majority of the voters — by a high margin — did not vote for him. He should not begin his presidency thinking he has the support of the American people behind him.”
In addition to McGraw, the group will include Kim Harbin, Carrie Gilliam, Laura Weisberg and Mary Omundson.
McGraw said she feels it is important to act.
“The results of this election has caused me to be committed to being more involved politically,” she said. “I hope to work with the Democratic Party to insure we put Democrat on the local ballots.”