January 20, 2009

Living in D.C., you’re presented with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities more often that you realize and, like yesterday, sometimes they are hard to pass up. That is why I decided to venture into D.C., along with more than 1 million other people, for the inauguration of Barack Obama. I’ll never forget it and now have one more story to tell my children and grandchildren.

His inaugural address focused on the need to rebuild: our faith in ourselves, our faith in our government, our faith in the economy.

“The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.”

It was absolutely amazing. And, for once, I was dressed appropriately for the weather in no less than 7 layers along with hand and toe warmers nicely provided by Patrick. After Obama’s inaugural address, and before the creepy poem, we made our way off the mall and on to 395. Yes, because of all the road closures we got to walk on the interstate. Gotta love it.

After wandering around the city trying to avoid the crowds, we ended up at Cafe 8 for some food and to watch the parade. It was one of the more moving moments of my life when the bar erupted into cheers when the Obamas emerged from the badass presidential limo to walk for a few blocks. 

While it is no secret that I wasn’t a fan of the direction our country has been taking for the past 8 years, I was always proud to be an American. But I must say, it’s inspiring to see people have the same love of politics that I have and I am filled with hope for the next 4 years.

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