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"Not all who wander are lost." -- J.R.R. Tolkien

422--DC: Obama's Inaguration
@ CherieSpotting     Jan 25 2009 - 14:44 PST
cherie writes: The inauguration was equal parts amazing, frustrating and cold. Greg, Jean, Caitlyn and I had ticketed seats to the parade and arrived five hours early to be told that the gates were closed and no one else would be admitted. Desperately searching for an entrance, we walked around the entire mall.

The temperature was in the teens; the population was in the millions. To keep warm, I was sporting a homeless/terrorist with a jacket I bought at a local thrift store.
We ended up squishing our way onto the mall after Obama was inaugurated, while he was giving his speech. The national anthem started to play and everyone started singing. Can you imagine the energy of millions of people waving flags and singing the Star Spangled Banner together?

After the inauguration I gave up on the parade, gathered some friends, found a local pub, and watched the parade with a cold beer. The next day we went to the Supreme Court and watched the court proceedings and got front row seats in the Senate and watched Clinton get confirmed as Secretary of State. It was an experience we’ll never forget.

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Cherie & Greg on "the Mall" on the Inaguration on Jan. 20, 2009. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie & Greg on "the Mall" on the Inaguration on Jan. 20, 2009. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie, Jean and Caitlyn with Lincoln. *Photo by Greg.

Cherie, Jean and Caitlyn with Lincoln. *Photo by Greg.

The Capitol in the cold.

The Capitol in the cold.

People were "Obama shopping" on the mall.

People were "Obama shopping" on the mall.

Jean with the Capitol behind her.

Jean with the Capitol behind her.

The ladies with the Washington Monument.

The ladies with the Washington Monument.

A whole lot of peeps.

A whole lot of peeps.

All wrapped up.

All wrapped up.

I hope for no more litter.

I hope for no more litter.

But there simply aren't enough trash cans.

But there simply aren't enough trash cans.

Obama bling.

Obama bling.

Millions and millions of people in DC.

Millions and millions of people in DC.

What it looked like on TV. *Photo by Jean.

What it looked like on TV. *Photo by Jean.

What it looked like on TV. *Photo by Jean.

What it looked like on TV. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie, Caitlyn & Greg. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie, Caitlyn & Greg. *Photo by Jean.

Buying Obama swag. *Photo by Jean.

Buying Obama swag. *Photo by Jean.

They even sold Obama air-fresheners! *Photo by Jean.

They even sold Obama air-fresheners! *Photo by Jean.

Hope. Obama. *Photo by Jean.

Hope. Obama. *Photo by Jean.

More Obama stuff. *Photo by Jean.

More Obama stuff. *Photo by Jean.

Inside a tunnel (enter at your own risk.) *Photo by Jean.

Inside a tunnel (enter at your own risk.) *Photo by Jean.

The tempurature was in the teens, the population was in the millions. *Photo by Jean.

The tempurature was in the teens, the population was in the millions. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie, Greg and Caitlyn. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie, Greg and Caitlyn. *Photo by Jean.

Record-breaking crowds. *Photo by Jean.

Record-breaking crowds. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie & Greg. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie & Greg. *Photo by Jean.

Possible extras in Night of the Living Dead. *Photo by Jean.

Possible extras in Night of the Living Dead. *Photo by Jean.

Celebrating our country's first black president. *Photo by Jean.

Celebrating our country's first black president. *Photo by Jean.

People and their trash. *Photo by Jean.

People and their trash. *Photo by Jean.

Don't get lost--your phone won't work. *Photo by Jean.

Don't get lost--your phone won't work. *Photo by Jean.

Walk this way. *Photo by Jean.

Walk this way. *Photo by Jean.

Just another face in the crowd. *Photo by Jean.

Just another face in the crowd. *Photo by Jean.

That's me sporting the homeless/terrorist look that I'm sure you'll be seeing on the Milan runways next year. *Photo by Jean.

That's me sporting the homeless/terrorist look that I'm sure you'll be seeing on the Milan runways next year. *Photo by Jean.

A different kind of "Hope" poster. *Photo by Jean.

A different kind of "Hope" poster. *Photo by Jean.

Greg hopes for more personal responsibility. *Photo by Jean.

Greg hopes for more personal responsibility. *Photo by Jean.

Obama makes history. *Photo by Jean.

Obama makes history. *Photo by Jean.

Caitlyn. *Photo by Jean.

Caitlyn. *Photo by Jean.

The gang at a local pub after the inaguration.

The gang at a local pub after the inaguration.

Jean, Cherie & Lisa in DC.

Jean, Cherie & Lisa in DC.

Cherie, Jean & Lisa at the Supreme Court.

Cherie, Jean & Lisa at the Supreme Court.

Cherie & Greg at the Supreme Court.

Cherie & Greg at the Supreme Court.

Jean raises her hand to tell the whole truth.

Jean raises her hand to tell the whole truth.

Who is that little guy on her lap?

Who is that little guy on her lap?

We went inside the Supreme Court and watched a session.

We went inside the Supreme Court and watched a session.

Our country's Capitol.

Our country's Capitol.

Greg, Cherie, Lisa & Jean with the Capitol.

Greg, Cherie, Lisa & Jean with the Capitol.

Greg, Cherie, Lisa & Jean.

Greg, Cherie, Lisa & Jean.

The original "Hope" artwork by Shepard Fairey is on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

The original "Hope" artwork by Shepard Fairey is on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Detail of "Hope" artwork by Shepard Fairey composed of collage, stencil and acrylic on paper.

Detail of "Hope" artwork by Shepard Fairey composed of collage, stencil and acrylic on paper.

Cherie with Hope.

Cherie with Hope.