Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Overwhelmed

Barack Obama InaugurationAfter everything was over and it was time to go home or go to the parade or to go get ready for one of the Inaugural balls, one of the African American guys standing near me when Barack took the Oath of Office, a guy about my age, proclaimed out loud to anyone within listening distance, "Thanks, ya'll. This was a day that changed my life and even though I don't know ya'll, I shared it with you. I'll remember y'all forever."

As we walked away back to our individual lives I watched as people took photos with people they didn't know. We hugged people we had met just hours before and shared tears like they we were saying goodbye to family members.

This morning's inauguration was an emotional affair and I am exhausted.

More pictures to come.

10 comments:

Saipan Writer said...

We want pictures! We want your commentary from the ground! We want to feel like we, too, were there (because we weren't).

sigh.

Oh yeah-nice photo.

And be sure to tell us about Cheney in his wheel chair. Just curious.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I feel tired. It is 7 PM and I have to leave for the airport at about 4 AM. That gives me 9 hours to go to the Ball and pack.

Deece said...

That's so great! How amazing to have been there. Thank you for sharing.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

I beleive during the official greeting/coffee at the White House right before the inauguration, Biden pulled a sweep maneuver on Cheney. If you watched the news during that "greeting".. Cheney was standing as Joe and Jill Biden entered the house to be "greeted" by them. Something happened between the coffee and the inauguration.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Are you saying the Biden is the one who put Cheney in the wheelchair????

Saipan Writer said...

Too funny. The news I read said he'd hurt his back moving boxes out of his VP digs...

:-)

bigsoxfan said...

Glad you were there. Not just for your sake, but I feel a little more connection knowing that my son threw up on the guy who was close enough to catch a decent picture of the event. Just kidding on the vomit, he held it until we had left.

bradinthesand said...

i heard a guy describe the day by comparing it to nyc after 9/11.

"everyone seemed to care about one another. people came up to people they didn't even know while waiting on the subway platforms and asked if they were okay. that was the same type of thing i experienced in washington today."

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

The disaster this time was 8 years of President Bush. I can see the similarities.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame that they've only discovered the Hafa Adai/Aloha spirit now.