Monday, January 19, 2009
No doubt about it. The idea of going to Washington DC in the bitter cold to "watch" the inauguration of Barack Obama in the middle of the Mall on a video screen when I could be at home (or The Spro) and watching it in the comfort of shorts and a beverage is just ludicrous to me.
Five million people.
Five thousand portable toilets.
You do the math.
The word was that we would get passes into one of the reserved areas. An area by the reflecting pool. The only "reflecting pool" I knew of is the one between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. But for those of you familiar with the District, the reflecting pool is even farther away from the Capitol than the Mall. Which would make the walk to the congressional reception afterwards even less appealing. I didn't know if that would be worth it.
Luckily, I don't know everything and CapitolSwell finally revealed to me that there's a reflecting pool fronting the Capitol, and our tickets were for this area - the area directly behind the 28,000 reserved seats immediately in front of the inaugural stand. Good news: at least we now had a chance to see Obama standing on the stage taking his oath. Definitely worth the effort.
So tomorrow morning, we will be braving the bitterly cold weather and millions of people to make the many mile hike into downtown DC to watch Barack Obama assume the presidency of the United States of America.
Should be pretty cool.
Where we'll be standing. Somewhere. In there.