Wow, what a historic day! I’m so glad I was able to see the day that we finally broke down the racial barriers that have plagued our history for so long and swore in an African-American President. Assuming all goes well for Obama and he wins again in 2012, I’m hoping a woman (and not Palin!) finally makes it to the White House in 2016! Then I’ll have lived to see it all.
Although I live just miles from the Mall, I was not there today. I was there in spirit, as I was rather excited, but I did not want to suffer the same fate as President Harrison. I developed a cold a few days ago and have been out in the cold the past couple days taking part in the celebration. It was amazing though, such a historic moment.
So what have I been up to this weekend? Well, I checked out Slumdog Millionaire on Friday night. Awesome movie, must see! A couple parts I had to turn away and sadly I’m sure that is the way of the world, but it was a movie of love and hope, fitting for the celebration going on in DC this past weekend. Saturday night, I had this brilliant idea to go into DC and try and see Obama’s train come into Union Station. I scoped out a place to watch on Google Maps and waited outside in the freezing cold for over an hour, but didn’t see the train. I might have been too late, I might have left and just missed the train, but when I couldn’t feel my toes anymore, I had to leave. Sunday I went with my roomie to go see the concert on the Mall. We weren’t able to get in to the gated area, but we saw the end of the concert on the jumbo-tron. It was awesome to hear Obama speak! It was awesome to experience the crowd, everyone was so excited to be there, and so happy for Obama. And I got to walk across the Roosevelt Bridge, doesn’t happen everyday! Monday, I signed up to volunteer stuffing packages for our troops at RFK stadium. They set up a tent on the field and had an assembly line of people going trick-or-treating for items to be put in the bags for the troops. When I initially walked in, a volunteer asked if I would like to put items in the bags as the people walked by, and I hopped on board. It was cool to be on that side of the bag, especially when some of the to-be-confirmed cabinet members came to be part of the event and I got to drop items in the bags for the attorney general, director of homeland security, a senator, and the treasury secretary. It was awesome and the group hosting the event were able to reach the goal of making 75,000 bags for the troops. Which brings everyone up-to-date.
My only regret was not dropping $500 on a ticket to Jay-Z’s show on Monday night. Of course it was awesome (according to the Post’s review) and he had Mary J. Blige and Beyonce as guests! Not sure if that would have been worth $500 (and likely I would have had to fly solo as I don’t know too many crazy people), but it did sound amazing!