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Johnnies Join President Obama's Inaugural Celebration

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January 31, 2009

Alumni, students and faculty from Saint John's will join hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of supporters in celebrating President Obama's inauguration in Washington D.C.  Denis McDonough '92, Al Eisele '58, Casey Wojtalewicz '11 and Marian and Miguel Diaz are among those who will witness our 44th president sworn into office on Jan. 20.

McDonough served as a foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign and Eisele is the retired editor and found of the Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill.

Wojtalewicz received an invitation to the event because of his participation in the University Presidential Inaugural Conference (UPIC). 

"I'm most excited about being present at and witnessing the actual inauguration," said Wojtalewicz." It's such an exciting moment in the history of our nation and the world. I can only imagine the massive amounts of energy and enthusiasm I'm going to experience."

Miguel Diaz, CSB/SJU associate professor of theology, will make the trip with his wife, Marian who is an administrator and instructor at Saint John's and Saint Ben's.   Miguel Diaz served as a Catholic Advisor to Senator Obama's campaign.

 "In a special way, we look forward to participating in the National Prayer Service with newly sworn President Obama and Vice President Biden at Washington's National Cathedral," he commented.