While Washington D.C. held all the pomp and circumstance of
the presidential inauguration Monday, a town in northwest Kansas took some
time to celebrate the loser.
The "They Also Ran Gallery" honors all those who
came in second in the big presidential race.
Even though he lost the presidential race, Mitt Romney gets
plenty of applause for trying. At the "They Also Ran Gallery" in Norton, they celebrate
everyone who came in second.
"There's an immense amount of history here. If these walls
could talk, there could be quite a discussion going on," shared Lee Ann Shearer, gallery curator.
The First State Bank president William Walter Rowse started
the gallery in 1965 and every four years a new runner up is added.
Mitt Romney's special inauguration is only the second of its kind however. The gallery plans to honor each new addition with a party on the presidential inauguration day.
Mitt couldn't make it to his big day but the sixtieth
inductee is always welcome to stop by in the future.
"He has no reason to be ashamed of the race he ran and we are
proud to have him here in our gallery," said Shearer.
The gallery's the only one of its kind in America to
remember the losers of each presidential race and has had visitors from all across the globe.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays by appointment.