Poplar Bluff Man Heads To Washington D.C. For Presidential Inauguration

January 17, 2005 -- Posted at 9:00 p.m.

POPLAR BLUFF -- Hardy Billington played an instrumental role in collecting more than ten thousand signatures on a petition to get President Bush to make a campaign stop in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

"When he came in front of me, I said, Mr. President, here are the names of the 10,000 people who wanted you to come to Poplar Bluff. He held it in front of him and said do you want me to keep it or give it back, and everyone in the room yelled keep it,"said Billington.

Now Hardy Billington has the chance to be a part of another historical event.

He got a call from Missouri State Representative Jo Ann Emerson's office letting him know he was invited to the president's inauguration.

"Anybody would be totally excited right? It's just a grand thing. It's great for our representative, and for the city of Poplar Bluff.

Billington, and his wife, leave on Wednesday for Washington D.C.

They already have big plans.

"I think it is the Independent Ball that we have plans to go to. I bought my wife a ball dress. I think it's going to be a really neat thing,"said Billington.

The glitz and glamour of this 40 million dollar event won't overshadow the moment Hardy Billington says he can hardly wait for.

"He is going to tell what his aim for our country will be. In that moment I will be with my wife, and to be able to sit and listen to that will be an important moment for our country,"said Billington.