CHAPTER 19. INAUGURATION
January 20, 2013, 12:15 p.m. EST. Washington, D.C.
President Tim Woodson had just taken the oath of office, but the speech was
beginning fifteen minutes later than expected, because Supreme Court Justice Dan
Perkins had never shown up. It took an extra ten minutes for the Secret Service to shuffle
Justice Ginsburg up to the podium.
―My Fellow Americans,‖ announced President Woodson. ―What a beautiful day it is
today. I want to thank all of you for your support during these troubled times. Now is the
time to come together as Americans, to forge a new path, with renewed ideals, and a
―As I told you on the campaign trail, my Number 1 focus as President is going to be
protecting all Americans from the senseless attacks of Al-Qaeda and other terrorists. We
all remember the Cincinnati Massacre vividly. I have invited all the family members of
those slain in that massacre to be present in the gallery below me today. Today we are all
family, we all share your loss, and we all re-commit ourselves to stopping those evil
individuals who would seek to weaken our resolve through violence and fear. Family
members of the Cincinnati Massacre, I have some good news to share with you this
afternoon. Early this morning, in San Antonio, Texas, the San Antonio Police arrested
the terrorist responsible for the massacre in Cincinnati.
―I would like to tell you a little bit about that arrest, because it is a story of true
American heroes. F.B.I. Lead Investigator Ruddy Montana and his team of investigators
have been following up thousands of leads ever since the bombing occurred. They have
fielded thousands of calls, investigated physical evidence, interviewed hundreds of
witnesses, and tracked everything from fibers left at the scene to shoeprints in the mud.
Their investigation ultimately led them to a storage lot in downtown Cincinnati.
Surveillance tapes from that storage lot facility revealed the face of the bomber. The
F.B.I. handed out that picture to law enforcement officials all over the country.
―This morning, an alert police officer named Ray Gallagos, with only six months
experience on the police force, identified a vagrant wandering the streets of San Antonio
and interrogated him, believing him to be suspicious. The police officer was quickly able
to identify the man from the F.B.I. photo as the Cincinnati Bomber. The man panicked
and ran into the Alamo, one of our country‘s most historic buildings, and a site where
true Americans once fought for freedom against great odds.
―When the killer ran into the Alamo, he got more than he bargained for. He ran into
some real American heroes. Rosa Trujeo, a maid working in a local hotel, was in the
Alamo with her three small girls. She was on disability for a leg injury and carried a
crutch. Ms. Trujeo pummeled the bomber with her crutch. At that point, Tommy
Dickerson, a 60 year-old Vietnam veteran who was visiting the Alamo, tackled the
bomber to the ground and tied his hands behind his back. He was assisted in tying the
knots by a den of Cub Scouts who were visiting the Alamo with their den mothers. Truth
is certainly stranger than fiction. A terrorist subdued by disabled mother of three, a 60
year-old veteran, and a bunch of children. It makes me proud to be an American, I can
tell you that. After Dickerson hogtied the criminal, he called out to the police, who had
just surrounded the building. He was handcuffed and is now in custody.