Inauguration 2013= Hordes and Hordes of people and excitement

23 Jan

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

And with those words, Barack Obama began the second term of his presidency. I got to witness history. It was amazing. I was proud, excited to be here in Washington for this moment.

My inauguration day started off at 6 a.m. and hopped on the red line for a day that I will never forget. The metro was packed. A little claustrophobia set in. However, I was undeterred with one goal in mind, see the president. After I got off the metro, I navigated my way through the crowd to the National Mall, darting between 17th and 18th street. I slowly weave my way to the National Mall and finally I made to the first gate. I went through the gate and it was gorgeous.

The sun was rising over the capitol. I had to stand still for a moment to gather myself. Unbelievable. Wow! After I gathered myself, I went over to the CNN booth. They were finishing up their early morning broadcast and there was John King. I waved to him and he acknowledged the crowd. The poor guy looked like he had not gotten sleep for days.Image

After I saw John King, I started walking. The crowd was huge. I kept walking and tried to get as close as I could. While walking I noticed a guy waving an American Flag, I light was beautiful so I snapped a picture. Probably my favorite picture of all time. The crowd, the American democracy, and pride in our country all in one shot.

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After finding a spot, I stood for four long hours to wait for the inauguration to start. While waiting, I met some amazing people. An artist from California who was painting scenes of the inauguration, students from Norfolk State University, and people from all corners of the nation. This was the first inauguration for many people that I met. Finally, about 11:00 a.m. the ceremony began. After waiting another 55 minutes, the president was sworn in.

After freezing for six hours, I ducked into the American History Museum to warm up before I headed to the inaugural parade. I nearly did not make it, but I made it just in time to see the president and his wife. I got a few photos, but everyone was trying to get photos as well. It was tough, but I did it.

After a long day, I trudged back to the metro stop and made my way back into American University. What a day. One I will never forget.

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