FREMONT -- Brenda Bilal hasn't lost the euphoria she felt the night Barack Obama was elected president.

For Bilal, Obama's election meant a number of inspiring things -- the first black president, a message of hope and positive change coming during the worst economic times since the Great Depression and a chance to bring the troops home from Iraq.

So when Bilal, a teacher and mentor program coordinator for Fremont City Schools, learned she might have a chance to go to what likely will be the best-attended inauguration of all time, she took it.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I just really wanted to experience it and be there to witness history," said Bilal, a Sandusky County Democratic Party member. "I'm so proud that we will have an African-American president. He's inspired us to think that things could get better."

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