WASHINGTON (WPRI) -- The Portsmouth High School marching band was given the unique opportunity to perform in front of 700,000 onlookers during President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities, but they weren't the only Rhode Islanders that made the trip to Washington.
Amy Diaz, 28, of North Providence, also visited the nation's capital for the first time in her life. She attended some of the pre-inaugural events including brunch at the White House on Friday, where she got to meet the Obamas and Vice President Joe Biden.
"The next thing I know, I'm greeting the president and kissing and hugging the first lady. I wanted to die," she said. "Biden was just so wonderful, he was out in the hallway just talking to every one. Such a lovable guy."
Warwick resident Meghan Martinez didn't get a chance to meet the president, but she said that as a strong Obama supporter she was adamant about seeing the swearing-in ceremony in person.
She also mentioned that security in the nation's capital was well-executed.
"Just to be surrounded and in the middle of this throng of people is collective, it's amazing," Martinez said. "The law enforcement was, I think did a great job. They were very visible, but in a way that made people feel welcome, friendly and safe without being oppressive."
The Portsmouth band is expected to return to the Ocean State on Tuesday.
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