Manhattan Mother, Daughter Win Tickets To Presidential Inauguration
A mother and daughter from East Harlem are gearing up to see history in the making when they travel to Washington to see President Barack Obama's second inauguration. NY1's Jon Weinstein has the story.
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Ed Snowden is a big fan of President Barack Obama. Before the election, she made calls on his behalf every week to voters in swing states like Ohio and Florida.
So when the President won re-election, she asked her daughter to apply for tickets to the inauguration as a way to celebrate.
"Now I feel like this is our reward for working on the campaign," she said.
They were among tens of thousands of New Yorkers who entered a lottery, run by Sen. Charles Schumer's office, for only 225 slots. Snowden's daughter, Danielle Vazquez, figured there was no way they'd win.
"I filled out those applications with my mom and my names, convinced that we weren't going to win," Vazquez said. "I just did it to get her to keep her quiet and happy."
Snowden is definitely happy now. She and Danielle won two tickets to the inauguration.
Their seats will be relatively close to the stage, giving them a close-up spot to view history.
"I'm going to be an extremely proud American," Snowden said. "I'm going to try my best not to cry, but I guarantee nothing."
Ed and Danielle spent election night at home, but they say they were too nervous to watch the election results come in. They say being able to watch the inauguration together will be another special moment.
"It speaks of the beauty of our country, and I want her to always know that we live in an amazing place," Snowden said. "Even for our foibles, we live in an amazing place and we're very fortunate to be here."
"Just getting to be a small part of history is really exciting, really great," Vazquez said.
Among the things they're most looking forward to seeing is the P.S. 22 Chorus from Staten Island performing and showing the country that the city is recovering from Sandy.
"Staten Island's had so much to deal with, this will be like a beautiful celebration for them," Snowden said. "Like we're here, we're back, we're on our way."
The pair plans to tour the capital and see the sights over the weekend, and then on Inauguration Day they'll see something in person that they'll never forget.