Inauguration 2013: What They Were Thinking

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  • Dana Johnson, New York
  • Shirley Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • Liane Robinson, Washington, D.C.
  • Ella Hunter, Washington, D.C.
  • Velma Wells, King College Prep Marching Band, Illinois
  • Hail to the Chief
  • Bobby West, Texas
  • Briana Durr, New Jersey
  • Disa Nicholson, New York
  • Matano Ismaen, Washington, D.C., via Kenya
  • Albert Artis, Washington, D.C.
  • Cameron Smith, Maryland
  • Leac Matelus, Pennsylvania via Haiti
  • Ken and Tykitcha Lanier, Georgia

Velma Wells (center), King College Prep Marching Band, Illinois

"It's very exciting to perform for the president. Not a lot of kids from anywhere get the opportunity to perform for such a high official. And the fact that we go to school right down the street from his [Chicago] home, makes us proud to make him proud and show everyone where he came from."

(Photo: Joyce Jones/

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