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Wilmington bus company taking dozens to historic event

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Tuesday, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the first black president of the United States. Millions of people are expected to attend the inauguration. A Wilmington bus company is driving dozens of people from our area to watch it all unfold. The bus company is called Daniel's. Around five o'clock Monday morning, one of their buses left with a group headed to Washington DC. That bus is one of thousands making the trip to our nation's capital. Company president, Euran Daniels said, “If Dr. King were living I think he would be very pleased with what's going to happen Tuesday.” If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he'd be 80 years old, and an eye witness to history being made. Barack Obama will become the nation's first black president of the United States. Euran Daniels is sending seven buses filled with people to Obama's inauguration. “It's a very, very personable moment for me and that's why I'm trying to do everything in my power to get folks up to that event,” Daniels said. Daniels said the average cost for the DC trip ranges from 50 to 75 dollars per person. He admits some groups backed out due to the economy, fear of a violent attack, or the anticipated large crowds. It is estimated that around 2 million people will attend, which would surpass the record set in 1965 when 1.2 million people attended President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration. Washington, DC expects around 10,000 buses to pull into the city, full of folks who want to be there to witness the memorable event; an event Daniels said would not be possible if it weren't for Dr. King. “I think if one had not done the work, i.e. Dr. King, Barack wouldn't be in the position he's in today. I think they are connected and one contributed to the other,” added Daniels. Daniels said some groups are leaving Tuesday and staying for a day, others left Monday and won't be back until Wednesday.

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