January 21, 2013
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We were kinda disappointed that we couldn't get any closer
to the Capitol than we did. We could see the Capitol down
Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Inauguration ceremony was
broadcast on speakers all around. But we couldn't
actually see the action on the steps.
But our patience waiting in the cold for the parade paid off.
We got to talking with the cops lining the route, and they told
us that this was the area that the presidents sometimes get out
of their cars to walk. Then we noticed all the Secret Service
guys scoping out the crowd, to make sure none of us looked
too dangerous. We must have passed the test, because when the
presidential limo reached us, it slowed and stopped, the doors
opened, and out stepped Michelle and Barack, waving to us and
moving on down the street holding hands.
I feel lucky to have lived so many years with presidents
I have really liked -- Reagan's first term
(before my politics evolved),
Clinton's eight years, and now Obama's terms. Perhaps
20 years of my adult life with presidents I was
proud to have helped elect.