Today started off fortuitously for us. We went to Arlington National Cemetery this morning to check out the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as JFK and RFK’s memorials. As soon as we got there, we were told that Barack Obama was about to leave the cemetery. We gathered with a couple hundred other people, and we were able to catch a brief glimpse as the President-elect left in his motorcade. It might have been only a couple of seconds, but it was an electrifying feeling to be in the company of a relatively few people and see Obama from such a close distance. After visiting the National Archives – where we saw original copies of the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights -a group of us went to the Inaugural kickoff. The speakers/musicians performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but we were only able to stand between the Washington Monument and WWII Memorial. The sound and jumbotron images weren’t great from where we stood, but it was still amazing to be in the presence of thousands and thousands of our fellow citizens (especially while listening to Tom Hanks and U2).
Check out some of the pics from the day: