Texas GOP delegate from Brownwood attends presidential inauguration
BROWNWOOD, Texas - A man from Brownwood made the long journey to Washington, D.C. for Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.
For Dennis Graham, following Trump's road to the White House was one filled with highs and lows.
"His message was loud and clear to me. I got behind him and stayed behind him and never wavered," he told KTXS Friday.
Graham, 65, is a GOP Texas delegate and represented the Lone Star State at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
That experience helped prepare him for Friday.
"It was an upbeat mood. Many times people would start chanting out 'U.S.A.' and 'Trump,'" he said. "People were ready to see a new leadership and see this country go in a new direction."
Graham told KTXS he vividly recalled moments from Trump's speech that emotionally connected with him while he was only a few feet away from the U.S. Capitol.
"What really resonated with me [Friday] is when he said he will do everything he can for America first," he said.
For the 65-year-old, a presidential inauguration is more than partisan politics.
"The transition from one leader to another," Graham said. "It's more than just a win for the Republican Party. It's a celebration of the United States to celebrate our freedom."
Graham said he believes Trump will unite the country. He'll be attending the presidential freedom ball Friday night and hopes to meet the newly elected president.