Aug 3, 2009
Two Dutch students, Omar Kbiri and Lennard Hulsbos, found themselves on a last-minute trip to Washington, DC to watch the inauguration, thanks to Virgin founder Richard Branson! Branson was at a conference Tuesday in Amsterdam and mentioned he was flying back to the States for the inauguration. The original story in Dutch is available here. An English translation provided by b°b (the full version is in the comments):
To make his speech more interactive, the attendees were allowed to send their questions to the Englishman to a big screen via text-messages. On the question “Can you take 2 broke students to Washington DC?” Branson answered “Yes” immediately. After his speech, the two students stepped inside Bransons’ limousine and drove to the airport where Branson’s private jet was already waiting.
The two ‘poor’ students didn’t even have to pay for their hotel. A sponsor spontaneously offered to pay the bill.