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Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009 — the first African-American elected to the position. Many locals will make the trip to Washington, D.C., to watch the historic event. Others will watch from here in Kansas.
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A Lawrence man working as a firefighter at the South Pole had to wait until Tuesday night to view a video recording of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
The video was being flown in from Antarctica’s McMurdo research station, Justin Maughmer, 26, wrote in an e-mail to the Journal-World.
“We do not have any TV or radio service at the pole. I’m sure there will be party tonight while we watch it,” Maughmer wrote.
Maughmer is a member of the Antarctic Fire Department and is at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. He flew to McMurdo by way of New Zealand on Oct. 9 and is currently on a four-week rotation at the pole.
At the time Maughmer sent his e-mail, it was it was 20 degrees below zero, with a wind-chill of 41 below, he wrote. The coldest he’s experienced was 40 below at McMurdo. The pole is currently going through its “warm” season, when the son shines 24 hours a day.
Maughmer wrote that he moved to Lawrence from Garden City three years ago. He hopes to attend Kansas University in the near future.