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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 9:16am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm

El Pasoans prepare to welcome Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

An estimated 2 million people are expected to be on hand to witness Barack Obama take the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States.

Dozens of people from the borderland will be in attendance, including Donald Williams, chairman of the Black El Paso Democrats. Williams grew up in Houston in the late 50's and says Barack Obama's election means so much for generations of African-Americans.

He says, "My first grandchild is due March 3 and that child will be born in a situation where a black president is the norm and not the exception."

Williams tells us America's reputation in the world has already improved, even before Obama takes the oath of office.

"As a result of seeing the people here and their attitudes, America is number one again in the hearts and minds of the world," says Williams.

Williams will only be in Washington, D.C. for a few days, but says the experience of seeing an African-American sworn in as president, will last him a lifetime.

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