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Considering a trip to Washington

By Aaron Kinney
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 11:56 am in Aaron Kinney, Barack Obama, Belmont, Democratic Party.

Belmont resident Leslie Williams, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, heard about his invitation to President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration just like the rest of us –- in the news.

Williams, 89, said he hasn’t received an actual invitation yet, but he’s not particularly worried. The federal government was able to track him down, after all, when the Airmen were invited to Washington in 2007 to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

“That was a very significant part of my life, regardless of the circumstances,” Williams said last week, referring to the racism he and the other black pilots encountered.

The question right now is whether Williams will be able to make it to the Jan. 20 extravaganza. He’s still recovering from a fall he suffered while visiting his wife in the hospital.

At the moment, he’s not sure if it would be wise to go, given the massive crowds that are expected for the inauguration, not to mention the cold — and possibly icy — weather.

Williams said he’ll see how he feels next month. In the meantime, he’ll keep an eye out for any mail with a return address from the District of Columbia.

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