Donna Rovan
Ohio.com correspondent


Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry clearly remembers one moment from her recent trip to Washington D.C.



"One of the proudest moments of my life was watching the crowd of people waving the United State's flags," Catazaro-Perry said as she described her visit to President Barack Obama's second inauguration.



As the mayor, Perry was invited to attend a mayoral conference in Washington D.C. With the help of Congressman Bob Gibbs, Perry and her husband were sent tickets to attend the inauguration, as well as three different balls.



Perry and her husband, Anthony, drove to Washington D.C to attend the ceremonies.



"Zero city dollars were used for this trip," Perry said.



The day may have been a bit cold, but the Perry couple was excited to be able to see the President accept his election for a second term.



"One interesting thing that I learned was that the president has a heater at his feet to keep him warm so his teeth won't chatter as he gives his speech," Perry said. It was just one of the many behind the scenes facts that she was able to learn that day.



The mayor also attended a mayoral conference where Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech.



"After the speech, I was able to meet Mr. Biden. I told him about my daughter who attends Walsh College and he told me to give him her number because he would like to say hi to her. I did, but I never thought he would actually call. Well, he did call her for about five minutes. I was really impressed that he took the time to do that," Perry said.



The mayor and her husband also attended three different balls. The Ohio Gala Ball included the Miami Band of Ohio who played different songs as they moved around the dance floor. The All American Ball was held on the next night and had four areas with different styles of music, great food and dancing.



The last ball was the Official Ball. The President and First Lady were in attendance upstairs, but the President did come down to speak to the crowd.



When asked if she was able to actually meet President Obama, the mayor said no, but she did get to meet Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and rapper, MC Hammer.



"We had a lot of fun and I will never forget how the crowd of people cheered as the president made his way down the street," Perry said.