Know Anybody Going to the Inauguration?

16 01 2009

Power of Story time boys and girls! COD and I were just talking about this.

So do you know anyone going to DC for the historic hoopla, and can you take time to tell us about it? Would you go if you could, and why or why not? What would you most want to see and do there, if you could just magic yourself in?

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23 responses

16 01 2009
JJ

I might go for something like this, for example — call it “better than real:”
😀

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16 01 2009
COD

I’m 50 miles away, I certainly could go. However, I don’t like crowds.

16 01 2009
JJ

That’s me too — I haven’t even been to a Gator game in more than a decade.

16 01 2009
JJ

Chris, what’s the weather gonna be like next week? Will we have people getting frostbite from exposure?

16 01 2009
COD

High around 32F with a chance of snow.

16 01 2009
JJ

Why did the Founders set this occasion in mid-January again??

16 01 2009
sandysays1

Answering – “Would you go?” Nope, there’s no bailout and no stimulus program for Golden Retrievers yet.

Answering – “Why’d they set Inaug. in Mid-January?” To cool off hot heads.

Visit me at http://www.SandySays1.wordpress.com for my latest post on ways to be sure your to do list gets used…and for some laughs

16 01 2009
COD

They didn’t. It used to be in March. It was changed in the early 20th century, I don’t remember why.

16 01 2009
JJ

Too bad then, while they were changing things to mid-January, they didn’t move the seat of government to Miami or Orlando. 🙂

16 01 2009
Daryl Cobranchi

A good friend is going to the CBC ball. I’d love to go but expect that watching it from home will be a better use of the day. I’ve already requested the time off and will make toast the end of the Bush Maladministration with champagne (or at least a good beer).

16 01 2009
Daryl Cobranchi

They changed it because they thought 4 months was too long between election and inauguration. I believe that based on what we’ve seen since Nov. 4th, we ought to change it to 2 days.

16 01 2009
JJ

I’d jump on that proposal (two days) but felt burned in 2000 by Bush v Gore stretching into the holidays. And heck, this year we STILL have senate seats hanging fire . . .

Daryl gives me a thought, though. What is the perfect beverage with which to enjoy the inaugural festivities, wherever you will be? Is Chicago famous for anything wet? — or we could look to Hawaii. Something tall and smooth and complex, right?

Along the same lines, I heard on cable news earlier today that there are Obama cookies being sold all over the place, different kinds, mmm.

Here’s a recipe for Michelle Obama’s Ritz-Carlton cookies at HuffPost.

16 01 2009
Life On The Planet

Wild horses couldn’t drag me into that traffic. However, I do know a local PSer (daughter of a friend) who is going as a member of a student group.

16 01 2009
COD

Chicago? Maybe a six pack of Old Style? Good luck finding it in FL though! It’s cheap swill, but it is the quintessential Chicago beer.

16 01 2009
JJ

Oh heavens, no cheap swill for Obama! What do they drink in Cambridge then?

16 01 2009
JJ

LOTP, Favorite Daughter came home from campus today saying two students were being obnoxious in the honors lounge today, criticizing their peers planning to skip work and school Tuesday to watch the inauguration (not to go, just to experience the way I plan to, on tv like the Superbowl.) 🙂
She said they were agreeing with each other how people were only excited because he was black and the media made so much of it, that if McCain had won people wouldn’t be celebrating —
Well. No. (And yes!)

16 01 2009
JJ

Here’s what the Smithsonian is doing for the inauguration, starting today.
I like it!

16 01 2009
L

I’d love to hop in the car and take a ride up for the spectacle. The big draw for me aside from the historic is the parade. I love a parade.

16 01 2009
JJ

Diane Flynn Keith calls this a “virtual field trip to the inaugural” for the kids . . .

16 01 2009
Not June Cleaver

I’m about 12 miles west of DC, and only 1 mile from a metro station and NO WAY would I try to go in to DC on Tuesday. However, I am going in on Wednesday morning with the kids for a class at the natural history museum. Wish me luck with that!

I know many people who are planning to go or who are attending balls. If I had the guts to be smashed in with zillions of people, I think it would be energizing to be so close to the action. I’ll be watching it on TV with friends instead. They are already warning us that traffic around my neighborhood will be a zoo because of the metro station. I may even have trouble getting to my friend’s house.

16 01 2009
Life On The Planet

Not sure I would want to go if I were elected!
Traffic. Ugh.
And all of those people. I think I might have to socialize.
Nope. Even if I was elected, I’d stay home and watch it on the tube. 🙂

17 01 2009
JJ

I got the Times inauguration special section in dead-tree 3D and it’s pretty cool, makes me feel more a part of it than just watching the screens. But if you don’t have it in your hands, you can still browse it here and here.

17 01 2009
JJ

The Inauguration modeled in Legos! Just went on display yesterday, with more than 1,000 figures. Seriously, you gotta check this out with the kids. Here’s a full slide show of 16 scenes from the dignitaries and entertainers like Oprah and Aretha, to the crowds at the White House, to the porta-potties. This slide show from across the pond might be better. And here’s the CSM story, also with art.

Frisky cock of the snook to Lynn for this, she’s got the main sequence of five Lego Future History scenes in her post:

LEGOLAND California is bringing the 56th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration to the steps of the Miniland Capitol all guests to witness the swearing in of the first African-American President.

More than one-thousand mini-figures have been created out of thousands of LEGO bricks to be a part of the festivities. Mini-figures include President-elect Obama and his family, Vice President-elect Joseph Biden and Jill Biden, President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Lynn Cheney along with former President George Bush Sr. and Barbara Bush.

Other mini-figures depicting ceremony participants include: Senator Dianne Feinstein, Dr. Rick Warren, Aretha Franklin, John Williams and performers Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo-Ma, Gabriela Montero, Anthony McGill, the Unites States Marine Band, the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Park guests can also find Oprah Winfrey in the crowd witnessing this momentous event as well as read fun facts about past inaugurations such as “who gave the shortest and longest inauguration address” and “which inauguration was the first to be televised.”

The historic scene is on display from Friday, Jan.16 through Memorial Day Weekend*.

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