Art and I made it down to the mall for the Inauguration of our 44th president today. Art has been in DC for 16 year and I’ve been here for 12 and this is the first inauguration either of us felt compelled to attend. We’ve attended various inaugural events in the past, but never seen the swearing in of a president in person before. We met up with my sister Amy and headed down to the mall for our chance to see President Barack Hussein Obama sworn into office.
It did turn out that much of the published information about how to get around was wrong. The parade route crossover at 12th street NW was never opened, so we had to trek down to 18th street.
I don’t think there will be another president in our lifetime that we feel the need to go to an inauguration, but you never know. It was cold and there was an insane amount of people, but it was worth it. I’ve never felt this good after an election, ever! Tomorrow it’s back to work, but today was an amazing celebration of our country.
[tags]1.20.2009, obama, inauguration, i was there, washington dc[/tags]