We weren’t able to make it this year, but 4 years ago we attended Barack Obama’s first inauguration in Washington, D.C. It was very cold, very crowded, and very exciting. It was fascinating to be a part of the crowd of 2.2 million present that day. It was pretty chaotic, but in a friendly, happy way rather than in a scary one. We had tickets to be sort of close to the Capital’s steps, we got there pretty early, and it didn’t matter. There were simply not enough event staffers to properly direct the massive rivers of people. Luckily, we didn’t end up trapped in the tunnel like so many others. And the speakers and jumbotrons sure helped!
Afterwards, we had a great time taking in all of the interesting Obama-themed stuff street vendors were hawking. An abundance of t-shirts, to be sure:
Plus all sorts of other items. Some, like coffee mugs, didn’t seem weird. Others, like hot sauce or bottled water, did.
While there may not have been the same atmosphere of hysteric, giddy hopefulness at the second inauguration, I’m sad to have missed it. I hope that moving forward, people and politicians alike can ease up on the extreme I’m-right-you’re-Satan tone that a lot of debate has taken on lately, and instead figure out a way to work together for the betterment of all. We’ll see.