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Inauguration Update Three:  A Meet and Greet with the Obamas

By Adrienne Frank

Inauguration day was special, but for Chris Golden ’11, the day after was even better. The sophomore was one of 200 people who received tickets to the Jan. 21 White House open house, sponsored by the Inaugural Committee. “We were in the East Room when a White House aide came in and said ‘We have a surprise for you,’” Golden recalled. “Then we were led into a room with the president and first lady. It was something I will remember for the rest of my life.” Golden spoke to President Barack Obama, whom he described as incredibly gracious and warm, for about 30 seconds. “I thanked him for keeping the drive alive for this generation.”