He is here…

I was there…January 20, 2009.

As I sit here typing, my feet and hands are still frozen, legs cold and stiff, and believe it or not, I’m too tired to hit the clubs!

Two days ago, I decided that if I was going to have a chance of actually seeing Obama with my own eyes, I needed to skip the Mall and go straight to the Parade site. Even ticketed Innagural attendees were too far back to see anything but the screen.

We woke up this morning at 4:30am, got to the Metro by 5:30am, hit the streets at 6:30 a.m., and found us a choice spot on Pennsylvania Ave for the Inaugural Parade by 10:00 a.m.! We managed to post up right in front of the barricade at Pennsylvania and 10th…no one in front of us to block the view! After being exposed to outrageously cold and windy weather for nearly 10 hours, we were tired, cranky, and down right miserable. But, when I saw Obama and Michelle in full stride…GLOWING…I was overcome with emotion. They were within 25 feet of us, and I was so awestruck, that I was physically incapable of taking a single picture! Luckily, my husband captured a quick video clip and a couple of pics. All in all, today was most certainly worth it! Very overwhelming. I feel truly blessed to have witnessed this historical event. Oh, and by the way, pictures don’t do Obama or Michelle any justice…they are truly a fly, FLY couple.

Metro Escalators…jam packed…took us an hour to get from the train to the street
Security check-point…took us upwards of 3 hours to get through the line (lots of pushing, shoving and angry folks)
Trying to stay warm.
The man of the hour!