Hilary Hagenbuch will be writing blogs for KQED about her inauguration 2017 experience and tweeting from her Twitter account.
As a Republican in California, we do not get to celebrate many victories, but rather have much to grieve about. I am beyond excited for the inauguration as it is my first, and it is the inauguration of a badly needed Republican president and administration. Having never experienced this week in D.C., the many balls and galas — and therefore ball gowns — certainly add to the excitement.
While in D.C. for the week, my schedule is jampacked with media interviews, business meetings, social calls with fellow young Republicans, and a different event (and dress!) every night, including the Young Republican National Federation’s black-and-gold themed #MAGABall on Thursday night! The planning of our #MAGABall has been all-consuming but it is sure to be a “tremendous” evening. Since our big party falls on the inaugural eve, at midnight we will be doing a champagne toast and 700 black-and-gold balloon drop in honor of Trump and Inauguration Day.
What Friday holds for me is an early start, a hopefully sunny witnessing of the swearing in from reserved seats right in the action, the afternoon concert, and the evening balls, including the Liberty Ball, Whiskey Ball, and MavPAC after-party. Although I am a bit nervous that protesters will be more organized and aggressive than they were in Cleveland for the RNC, I have full faith and confidence in the 3,200 law enforcement officers and 7,000 members our National Guard present.
— The Right Hilary (@TheRightHilary) January 11, 2017