As Texans eagerly await the inauguration of their native son as the next president of the United States, another notable lone-star son catches a bit of their attention -- "the man in black," who has worn black clothing from head to toe since the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton.
According to friend James Arnold, Houston resident Everett Oakley will change out of his traditional black attire on Saturday during the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush.
A recently retired municipal employee, Oakley has dressed totally in black every day for the last eight years as a sign of protest against what he views as a "dark time for America and the Constitution," said Arnold.
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"This Saturday, he will discard his black suit, shirt, shoes, socks, and Stetson for bright clothes as a sign that the dark clouds over the White House have been lifted with the removal of Bill Clinton and the inauguration of George W. Bush," Arnold continued.
Friends doubted Oakley would follow through with his pledge when Clinton was re-elected to a second term, but the Texan stood by his word throughout Clinton's tenure in the White House. Not necessarily a Bush supporter, Oakely will "be watching the new regime just as closely as he had Clinton's," said Arnold. "And, if needed, he would be ready to 'suit up' at a moment's notice."
Oakley did not return calls from WorldNetDaily. Arnold says he and a group of friends, including the "man in black," plan to dine at a local Houston restaurant to celebrate Bush's inauguration.