It was cold. It was cold. It was cold.
That’s most of what I remember from 2009 Inauguration Celebration.
But I also remember that it was worth it.
I woke up at 2 a.m. to meet my family and friends at one of my favorite Washington, D.C. Restaurants, Busboys and Poets. Luckily, I grew up in D.C. and my parents still live there so I didn’t have to worry about looking for a hotel to stay in. And my parents live about 5 minutes away from the restaurant. Also, that weekend, most restaurants were open for 24 hours to accommodate all of the people in town. I’ve never seen D.C. so crowded!
We ate. We laughed. And we laid out our game plan for the day.
We also met some other people who were heading down to inauguration. Everyone was so excited and hyped up. I loved it! So much positive energy in the city that weekend.
When we finished eating, we caught a taxi as close to the parade route as possible. The barricades stopped us at about 4 blocks away from where we wanted to me. So we waited in the security line for what seemed like forever, but it was probably a couple of hours. When we finally made it through, we found a nice spot right in the front.
It was so amazing being there. Look at all of the people! And so many international guests, which struck me as odd. This was a U.S. inauguration — a very national celebration. And there were college students from the U.K. in front of us and a family from Kenya behind us. It was beautiful to see the world celebrate us that weekend.
We listened to the inauguration on the loud speakers lining the street of the parade route. Once the inaugural address was complete, we waited several hours for the parade to start.
There were several times when I thought I wouldn’t be able to take the cold weather any longer. I just knew we would have to bail eventually because I was freezing. Luckily there was a CVS nearby where we kept getting more socks, more blankets, and more hand warmers. But none of it helped. So we bundled together and tried to feel the excited heat up our bodies while we waited to see this ground breaking thing transform our country.
I generally avoid discussing politics on this blog, but politics aside, I believe it’s an amazing thing that in 100 years, American could transform this much. It makes me very proud to be an American.
We waited for Barack to drive by. We were delighted when both Barack and Michelle got out of the car and walked a little, waving at the crowd. As soon as they passed us, we were out of there. lol! We didn’t waste a second and we were not alone. The entire crowd seemed to leave at the same time.
Although it was a struggle, we waited because we’ve been waiting a long time for a moment like this. For validation that the creed upon which the country was founded would be acted upon in a way it never has been before.
That day is one that will live in my memory forever.
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