Obama's Inauguration | 01/20/09
I got to experience a piece of history by going to Obama's inauguration. It was safer and required less training than fighting in a war so I figured this was the easiest way to see what was ultimately going to end up in a history book. Marc and Annie came over on Monday night since all the bridges were closed on Tuesday and from what I hear the Metro looked like China during rush hour. Pictured is my exact view for the ceremony. If you don't want to read today's rant about the inauguration you can skip here.
We left at 7am and drove to my secret haven for parking places in Georgetown then walked the rest of the way through Foggy Bottom down to the Mall. After a $3 coffee from a vendor to warm up we marched our way through the growing crowd and ultimately settled on a place just west of 4th street. Particularly amazing was the amount of people who wanted to keep moving once the huge block had formed. You couldn't see anyway, so would being an extra 20 feet closer really make your heart cry out "Obama!" even lounder? Apparently. In order of loudest cheers: Barack, Oprah, P. Diddy, Malia & Sasha, Beyonce, Michelle, Joe Biden, the Clintons. Shows the priorities of our country rather well.
Of course Obama is a great orator and it didn't really matter what he said. He could have said he was going to send all our troops to Europe to take over Eurodisney and people would have cheered. It's absolutely astonishing how drool-and-clap this man makes people. If *I* could have said one thing to him on what *I* want it would be this: "Please stay out of my way." I'm a liberal as the next liberal, but seeing so many people swaying and nodding to each and every federal program made me a little sick. If I were president here's what I'd say: "Suck it the f*ck up! No one wants to do everything they're supposed to do but suck it the f*ck up and do it. You're no more important that anyone else and we have every opportunity in America to do anything we want so if you're not where you want to be stop finding excuses for it, suck it the f*ck up, and do it." That's probably why I'd never be elected president.
Ranting over, we left around 1pm in a mob of people that left so much trash behind on the grounds of the mall (and painfully thousands of American flags--people obviously not listening to the "personal responsibility" part of the speech) the grit that was flying through the air was so disgusting that people were willing to move their scarves over their eyes. It was absolutely and completely disgusting. We walked back and made pretty good time before stopping for a bite to each. By 4pm I was playing with the dogs and Marc and Annie were safely back in VA for extended festivities.
Suck it the f*ck up America!