Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Of course I was there

Did you really think I'd live just across the river and not venture out to see History in the making? Of course I was there. And it was awesome.Arriving downtown DC via a FREE metro bus ride. We were going to take the train but as we were walking down to the station passengers informed us the trains weren't running all the way into town, some one fell on the tracks at Chinatown . . . and was squashed. Poor guy, or gal. They are investigating it. I just hope it wasn't crowd pushing that caused the accident, and I'm sure glad I wasn't there to see it. Gross.

Walking onto the mall. We got there about an hour and a half before anything started and it was already SUPER packed.

Some prime seating seemed to be in the trees and on the port-a-potties. Check it out, there's a whole family on there. I was seriously worried someone would break through. Again, gross.

Ben practicing his photography. I actually think that one turned out really nice.

Everyone was so friendly, and it's a good thing cause we were way smushed up against each other. But this nice stranger offered to take our picture while everyone was waiting for Barack to arrive.

And by everyone, I do mean EVERYONE. This is the view to our left, and to our right. So you ask yourself, could I even see anything? This is how I watched the event. . .

He really did give such an amazing speech. I sincerely ask that you all read it or watch it on the internet, if you haven't already. He is pledged to not just making America a better place to live, but the whole world. I truly believe his number one goal is to work with world leaders to strive for Peace on Earth. I truly love this man.

We walked home, it's a good two or three miles, and it was cold. But I'd do anything to support President #44. Poor #43, he was booed when he came out of the capitol building to take his seat. I dislike the guy as much as anyone, but I don't think booing is an appropriate response. Oh well.

My favorite quotes, that I can't really quote exactly, but I'll sum them up how I remember them. The lady introducing Obama said something to the effect that, "The son of an African immigrant can hold the highest office in this country." That was the closest I came to tears, that and the first steps I took onto the mall (I was thinking about how not to long ago people of all race, religion, and creed had assembled on the same spot, facing a different direction to listen to the Dream of a young Reverend . . .)

Obama quotes . . . I loved when he told the leaders of Muslim nations that those who follow them are looking for what they can build, not what they can destroy. I loved when he addressed "Every child, woman, and man who wants freedom . . . look to America" I loved that he encouraged all leaders of the world to open communication with him (not a Bush tactic) and work with him in making the world a better place. I really felt that was his message, that the world can live in peace, we just have to work together for that amazing goal.


Mom and Dad Bassett said...

History in the making and you and Ben were there to be a part of it!!! How awesome is that! We are jealous, but so happy for you! A great day for our country. God Bless America! Mom

Annie and Heidi said...

I was going to ask you if you got to be there, and then I thought, DUH! I know she was there! That is so awesome! Your pics were great, too!

Mom and Dad Bassett said...

Thanks for calling when you were going there. It was awesome to hear all the people in the background. Made me feel like I was a small part of it. I have been tv glued since I got home. What a wonderful day for the world. God bless us, one and all. Pa

Aimee said...

Liz, I'm so glad you guys went to see that! That's awesome!! And I always love checking out the pictures you post. You have some pretty sweet scenery in your area!

Lydia said...

I knew you guys would be there. That is awesome. What an experience!

You'll have to zip over to my blog and read what Hunter had to say. It wasn't too profound. But I thought it was cute. Hunter is memorized by the entire political arena. I always have to laugh.

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