Annmarie Thompson of Valley Stream will be making her first visit to her adopted nation's capital to watch Barack Obama's swearing-in.
"It is a dream come true for me, that I'm going to be there for this historical moment to go there and see everything live," said Thompson, 39, who emigrated to New York from her native Jamaica in 1990. "It is wonderful, I am just full of happiness."
Thompson, a data-entry administrator at Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, won tickets to watch the inauguration up close from Sen. Charles Schumer, who conducted a statewide lottery in December to distribute 175 pairs of tickets. Without a hotel room, she's staying in Maryland with her sister's godsister, who is accompanying her to the historic event.
Like scores of other trekking to Washington, Thompson has high expectations for Obama's administration.
"I hope the best for him," she said. "I hope that what he says he's going to do, he'll do it. I hope that he does his best."
But Thompson said she's aware of the difficulties that face the president-elect. She doesn't expect him to complete all of his campaign promises right away.
"It's not going to be easy," she said. "It's going to take time for him to get this country together. We're really in a bad situation right now. It's going to take time for him to get the country back running."