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Inauguration ’09 – Monday Night

January 19th, 2009 by Celeste Fremon


Monday in D.C. people threw shoes at the White House.

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Other people marched for Martin Luther King’s birthday, and staged demonstrations…. code-pink-pre-inauguration.jpg

….and pieces of street theater to protest nearly anything and everything.

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Others watched and photographed those demonstrations and performances.
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Some guys from New York’s Bagel Boss gave away bags and bags of fresh bagels to whomever they happened to pass.
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Huge squads of people were engaged in feverish inauguration and ball preparation.
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But mostly in DC today there were hundreds and thousands of Americans—millions by Tuesday—-walking happily around their nation’s capital wearing expressions of amazement.
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Even those working the Inauguration itself.
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And despite the scarily worsening economy, a great many of those same Americans bought souvenirs. Lots and lots and lots of souvenirs.

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I would like to say that I resisted the latter activity. But I would be lying.

I am now the proud owner of 2 Obama beanies, 1 long knitted Obama scarf, three “Yes We Can” wristbands in a cunning shade of pale turquoise, and a “Yes We Did” mug.

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It is quite possible that by midday on Inauguration Day, I will need an Obamabilia intervention.

See you after the swearing in (or maybe before).
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Posted in American voices, Inauguration '09, Obama | 4 Comments »

4 Responses

  1. Nipsey Russell Says:

    Careful where you will stand Celeste, we learn Dick Cheney will be in wheelchair at inauguration a la Dr. Strangelove, with shotgun.

  2. Bill Cosby Says:

    Nipsey,

    Let’s hope there are no latino gang members in Washington they are more racist than the robber barron gavachos like Dick Cheney.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-charges18-2009jan18,0,3660766.story

    3 latino gang members charged in Canoga Park killing

    The Latino suspects are accused of pulling up in a car and fatally shooting a black bowling alley worker who was taking out the trash.
    By Ruben Vives

    January 18, 2009

    Three members of a Latino street gang have been charged in what police describe as the racially motivated killing of a black bowling alley worker last month in Canoga Park.

    James Shamp, a 48-year-old father of two, was throwing out trash outside the Canoga Park Bowl on Dec. 22 when a car loaded with gang members pulled up next to him, authorities said.

  3. Gava Joe Says:

    There’s typical “#2″ from #2.. Pay no mind. This is a glorious day. Stay warm, or try to Celeste. How lucky you are to be a part of this historical day. I guess in a sense we all are. I heard on NPR today that an Internet souvenir outlet had mistakenly pressed out some McCain/Palen mugs and bumper stickers and they’re selling like hotcakes too. Chances are you haven’t seen any of those? Good pictures, great coverage. Thanks..

  4. Rebel Girl Says:

    Giddy.

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