Last week I got a chance to be in Washington DC for the Inauguration of Barrack Obama as President of the United States.
It was a day of ups and downs, but the primary feeling was one of incredible hope and anticipation for good things ahead. We did get caught in one of the crowd scenes and nearly missed getting in place for the actual event, but it all worked out. It was amazing how the mood of the crowd was so bright and optimistic, with people helping each other, making sure kids weren’t squished, and passing along what little information was available.
We were very fortunate to have an indoor place to watch the Inauguration and parade, so the few hours we spent getting there was well worth it. We could also go up on the roof deck and see even more, with a view that went from Capitol Hill to much of Pennsylvania avenue. There were a couple of broadcast crews stationed on the roof too, and if you study the photos, you will see Al Sharpton in one of them.
I’ve uploaded a set of photos from the day, which ended up at the Bytes and Books Inaugural Ball. No, I didn’t dance with Barrack, but it was still a day I’ll never forget.
Well, the plans are finalized – next Tuesday, January 20, 2009 I will be in Washington DC for Inauguration Day. It’s still unknown if I’ll be able to GET to the actual Inauguration; there are various websites predicting a major traffic and transportation meltdown. But I’ve got a warm jacket and walking shoes so if need be, I can hike it!
All over the country and around the world, people will be watching on television, and I hope a lot of students get to watch too. Kevin Jarrett has pulled together some Inauguration Day Resources for teachers and students to explore for background information and lesson ideas.
Think of me while you are warm and dry!
PS I’ll try to Twitter and send pix, but it’s expected that the text and Internet will be heavily taxed in the area. Follow me on Twitter if you’d like to see me try!