Valerie Bond (above), a.k.a. "Button Lady" was among the 40,000 Baltimoreans braving frigid temperatures on Saturday to get a look at Barack Obama on his last stop before heading to Washington for the inauguration.
The 35-year-old west Baltimore mom of Yahonna, 6, says collecting memorabilia from Obama's campiagn and inauguration is her way of honoring the historic occasion. Beside the buttons on her hat, Bond had dozens more in her pockets, "about 200" in all, she says, adding that she's also snagged Obama magnets, shot glasses, and a can opener.
"I can't believe he's here in little-old Baltimore," she said just before then-President-Elect Obama made his way to the podium for a speech that touched on this city's overwhelming support for his candidacy and its historic role in American history, dating back to the Revolutionary War. "It's an honor and a priviledge to see him."