Well, I didn’t make it to the Inauguration today. I had classes (which I ended up not going to so I could watch the news–that’s fair, right?), and I just really didn’t want to be part of that huge of a crowd.
I did however, make it to the We Are One Inauguration Concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday! It was AMAZING! Jackie, Danny, and I got a hotel room at Rocky Gap the night before, and after some careful consideration of the weather on Sunday morning, decided we definitely had to go. And, I am so glad we did! We parked at the Glenmont metro station (I didn’t have to pay for parking! Thanks D.C.!), and took the metro in to good ol’ Foggy Bottom!
We expected huge crowds, but I wasn’t even expecting what we saw when we came up from underground. I thought we’d be real close to the Lincoln Memorial. Boy was I wrong! We ended up all the way back, about 200 feet in front of the Washington Monument! But, the high spirits were not lost. In fact, they were just as exciting as the people next to the stage, if you ask me!
I had such an awesome time with 2 of my best friends, and 500,000 strangers jumping and cheering for our new President, Barack Obama. It was definitely an experience I know I will never forget. I am so happy we decided to go.
Being able to see Beyonce live was definitely a highlight for me. Not only was it exciting but she was one of the best acts of the day. Bruce Springsteen definitely impressed me on Sunday as well. I had never really been a fan of Bruce, but not because I didn’t think he was good, I just wasn’t exposed to him as much. After seeing his live performance of “The Rising” with a choir, I became an instant fan. It was a great way to kick off the concert. U2, another band I never really cared for but only because I hadn’t been exposed, also impressed me. Very energetic, unique vibe. Stevie Wonder was awesome with Usher. Everyone did an amazing job, but those artists stood out for sure.
One thing I want to put out there is that everyone was soooooo nice in D.C. I go to D.C. every couple years. It’s a very nice place to visit. I was expecting people to be cranky and pushy on the metro and getting through the crowds, but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Everyone was so caring and considerate. Everyone was smiling! Everyone was laughing! Everyone was everybody else’s friend! Every where we stopped and stood, we ended up talking to the people next to us! It was so much fun! The camaraderie that has bloomed as a result of this election is a bit amazing!
Check out the video above to get a sense of what it was like from where I stood. I tried filming as much as I could but there wasn’t much to film when you’re standing in a sea of people and you’re 5’8″. In the “Shout” part of the video, listen towards the end when the woman in front of me, with hom I became instant friends, yells “shout” at the wrong part of the song. We all laughed so hard. Then during the clip when Barack comes on to talk, listen for the woman behind me yell “YOU WELCOME!” I just happened to be filming both times, and it was so funny.
Happy next 4 years to Americans, and the world alike!