Standing in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Brownwood businessman Dennis Graham said he hadn’t run across Mike Pence.
But Graham, speaking by cell phone Wednesday afternoon, said if he does see the former Indian governor — who will become vice president of the United States Friday — he’ll show Pence a photo and ask him if he remembers it. It’s a photo of Graham standing next to Pence at the Republican National Convention in July.
Graham had cautiously slipped his arm around Pence’s shoulders for the photo, hoping to avoid being tackled by security.
Graham and his wife, Kimberly, arrived in Washington Tuesday afternoon, where they will attend the presidential inauguration and swearing-in Friday of Donald Trump.
“We’re just out sight-seeing (Wednesday),” Graham said. “We’re all excited.”
Graham said he and his wife picked up tickets from U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway’s office for Trump’s swearing-in, and they will be located about 150 yards from where Trump takes the oath of office.
The Grahams will attend the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball Thursday night and the Freedom Ball Friday.
“Right now the atmosphere is really good,” Graham said. “The mood is good and all the people that are here seem to be in a good mood. There’s a buzz in the air. It’s going to be a great inauguration.”
Graham said he doesn’t anticipate ever getting close to Trump, unless he encounters the new president in a setting such as a receiving line. He said if he could say anything to Trump, he’d said “I’m thrilled you’re our president” and say he expects Trump to be a great president.
Graham celebrated his 65th birthday at the Republican National Convention, an experience he has described as “electrifying.”
“I think this will probably trump that, because it’s going to be an amazing experience,” Graham said. “It’s going to be very exciting to be here.”