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A Young Bay Area Republican's Inauguration: 'Beyond Excited'

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The West Front of the U.S. Capitol is prepared on Jan. 19, 2017, for Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. Donald J. Trump will be sworn in tomorrow as the 45th president of the United States.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hilary Hagenbuch will be writing blogs for KQED about her inauguration 2017 experience and tweeting from her Twitter account.

HWH HeadshotAs 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.


I hope the people wailing about divisiveness and disunity of our country will not follow through with their hypocritical “not my president” and anti-Trump behavior, and their many violent threats to the inauguration and those of us peacefully enjoying this momentous occasion. Donald J. Trump is our next president.

Hopefully those protesting, marching and continuing to divide the American people will understand this as not only inevitable, but more importantly an opportunity to come together as a country, support our leadership, and work to be heard and acknowledged — if their concerns and needs are truly more important than their media-attracting movement.

About Hilary

Hagenbuch is the president of the San Francisco Young Republicans, the national finance chair for the Young Republican National Federation, an elected official on the San Francisco Republican Party RCCC, as well as the vice chair. Hagenbuch transitioned from finance to working full time in politics as an international political consultant.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Hagenbuch describes growing up in San Francisco as “living behind enemy lines.”  Although difficult at times, she finds the work and dedication to California and the Republican Party of the utmost importance.

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