Whistle Stop Tour: Baltimore
On Saturday my friends and I braved the freezing temperatures and long wait to see Obama on his last stop on his Whistle Stop Tour – just as Lincoln had done in 1861 – before he’s sworn in as our 44th President on Tuesday in our nation’s capital. It didn’t take us long to feel like we all were part of history. Vendors wandered the crowd as we waited in line (all of the designs and products were truly fascinating) – Obama is doing his part to help the economy in his own way. Given the situation, the crowd was amazingly forgiving and content as we befriended our new neighbors. After 2+ hours in line, and then another couple waiting in the crowd at the War Memorial, we got amazingly close to the action, and some crowd dancing kept us warm. The lead up to Obama’s introduction felt a bit like we were watching a reality tv show, with the announcer saying “I’m pleased to announce…. [not Barack Obama].” Sadly boos came out, because there was one man, and one man only that the public had come out to see. It was pure elation and joy after his introduction. All and all, a wonderful way to spend the day (and celebrate Michelle Obama’s 45th birthday). Click here for my full album on flickr.
Prêt à Voyager
January 19, 2009 at 3:25 am //
along the route: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.president/inauguration/train.trip/index.html
January 19, 2009 at 5:26 am //
How cool that you got to see Obama. I was watching CNN with its coverage in Baltimore wishing I was back in my hometown to see it all. Glad you had a great time and I am setting my alarm for Tuesday morning.
January 19, 2009 at 8:49 pm //
Haha. it was funny, I was walking by all the TVs (they had TVs about Baltimore so other people could see) and I felt like I was in a Totalitarian town with the leader speaking all this propaganda over megaphones. It wasn’t propaganda, but it had that feeling. Know what I mean?
January 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm //
You’re much braver than I am… I have a really hard time with crowds.