I have lived in the DC Metro area for twenty-five years and not once have I gone to a Presidential Inauguration.
(I’ve never been up the Washington Monument either, but baby steps.)
This was also true of Lindsey and Skye, so on Monday we Metro’d to the mall and watched our first ever fake Presidential oath.
(I’d have preferred my first to be real, but waiting four years seemed far too likely I’d end up not going ’cause of laziness.)
(Evidence: while at the Inauguration we discovered that each of the three of us had, the night before, considered how nice it would be to sleep in and had almost cancelled.)
Most event crowd shots tend to capture hundreds of people raising their cameras and cell phones into the air, also trying to capture crowd shots.
The Inauguration crowd was all holding up American flags.
(It was rather nice.)
As we walked down the Mall after the Inauguration ended and before we realized they’d somehow erected barricades on every single street and we’d have to walk for two hours before finding a place to eat and a way home, while we were still innocent and only a bit cold, Lindsey asked if we could now claim to have seen Beyonce in concert.
And I answered yes.
And as the official concert seeing arbiter, my word is final.
I fear there’s a severe shortage of jumbo screens.
‘Cause of all the events I’ve attended on the National Mall, this by far had the fewest.
But it also had the loudest speakers.
So I was still satisfied.
This guy was the first to give a speech.
He’s probably a famous politician.
But, well, I’m rather ignorant and have no idea who he is.
But his speech about America and democracy and the Capitol dome?
Made me tear up a little.
(I’m secretly rather sappy.)
(Plus, name checking Lincoln never hurts with me.)
I have never been to an event on the Mall when they didn’t pan to the crowd on the jumbo screen.
And I’ve never had the crowd shown that some stranger around me didn’t make a joke about seeing herself on it.
(It’s the little routines that bring comfort.)
Have I mentioned there were a lot of flags?
There were a lot of people.
And there was Anderson Cooper.
(He’s the sexy one.)
(If you couldn’t tell.)
And this has nothing to do with the Inauguration. But I have a deep love for AutoTune the News, and feel I must spread that love to all.