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January 22, 2009

Inauguration Pictures: Congratulations America and POTUS # 44!

 Being in Washington, DC during the Inauguration weekend was especially special.  The depth and breath of the experience cannot be described by words – it’s a sensation that flows through the mind and body and yes Chris Mathews – I felt a tingle down my leg!

Without a doubt President Barack Obama was the ONLY star in town – no one else mattered much.  Just seeing his motorcade drive by was enough to cause men and women to go buckwild and faint right there in the streets.

The thing that touched me most was the togetherness, unity and reaching out to each other by all there.  There was no ‘incident’, no fuss, no fighting, no quarreling even as people accidently stepped on toes or elbowed you in the ribs.  People were polite, cheerful and helpful. 

If you fell someone was there to help you up.  Complete strangers greeted each other with warm embraces and greetings.  During this weekend in Washington race, age, religion or creed did not matter – they were simply forgotten.  There was a sense of unity that I have never experienced in any other setting – ever; and I have been in some loving settings.

The tone truly comes from the top and our President set the tone.  He said,  “out of many we are one” and we listened and we heard him loud and clear. We were one in DC!

A picture is worth a thousand words – here are are few thousand words!

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  1. Beautiful Pictures! History! Glorifying Time
    for Us all! I am simply lost for words. I was
    not able to attend the inauguration ceremony.
    However I was glueed to my TV at 11:15am until
    the end of the ceremony. Have to confess!
    Tears came to my eyes – We have come a long way!

    Comment by Glamourous — January 22, 2009 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

    • Hey Glamourous! Yes indeed I have never smiled so wide while I cried so hard. Thank God we now have a forward thinking, intelligent President who is looking out for the interest of all Americans! Yeah!!!

      Comment by Paulette — January 23, 2009 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  2. Paulette, it’s excellent that you were able to go! I wish I could have, too. It sounds like it was a wonderful time.

    Comment by deannaizme — January 22, 2009 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  3. Deanna it was a WONDERFUL experience. Not even in the Church have I seen such unity and togetherness. DC was overflowing with people and that should have been enough to make people irritable but it seemed that it made folks even more patient. There was true unity. People of different races and nationalities greeted each other warmly with embraces and handshakes. It showed me that lots and lots of people really aren’t prejudice, they are just afraid to approach people that might be different from them because they don’t know how they might be received. In DC we all presumed we were all of the same heart so we mingled easily and freely. It is an experience I will treasure forever. 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — January 23, 2009 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  4. Yeah….Woo…..LOL! Did you read my post?

    Comment by siriushomes — January 23, 2009 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

    • Girl – no, not yet. I’ll go check it out!

      Comment by Paulette — January 23, 2009 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  5. Paulette! Girl, January 20, 2009 will be etched in my mind forever. I watched CNN from 10:30 to 10:30 and loved every moment. the most touching for me when i boo-hoo’d like a baby came when obama reached out the shake the soldier’s hand, and the soldier drew back, as if he didn’t want to — but then pulled himself up in the SMARTEST salute ever to hail our new commander in chief. Only after obama saluted back did the soldier extend his hand. I cried warm tears to see this honor. but everything had me tearing up: his speech was powerful and right. Americans need to step up, WE need to teach our children values and practice them too!

    Comment by angelic1 — January 23, 2009 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  6. I cried and hugged the woman, complete stranger, standing next to me after he took the Oath of Office. I still get teary eyed thinking about.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — January 29, 2009 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  7. In DC we all presumed we were all of the same heart so we mingled easily and freely. It is an experience I will treasure forever.
    Paulette – well said. We were all of the same heart. President Obama has a 77% approval rating. That is unheard of. He is setting a new tone in DC. We are truly blessed to have someone of his character and family values as our President.

    Angelic1 – I didn’t see this event with the solder. It must have been wonderful to see. I did see the military march in front of the Capital saluting President Obama. That was awesome.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — January 29, 2009 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  8. I am so proud of our new 1st family. It is now Sept. 13th of President Obama’s 1st term, I am in aw of everything he is trying to do. At the same
    time I am so embarrassed because of how some of my country men are acting. I fill it is racial. I thought my country had grown up more than it has. Mr. President you are truly one of the good guys. I am backing you 100% so just keep up the good work. By the way we had an inaugural party at our home in McDonough,GA. and a good time was had by all. We hung up red,white and blue ballons and they still hanging with air in them. We hoping to have them still there when your next inaugural comes around. I send good thoughts to you and your wonderful family.

    Comment by Linda Stevens — September 13, 2009 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

    • Linda – I concur with you. I think President Obama is doing a FANTASTIC job! He has implemented sooo many programs that are beneficial to all Americans in general. The most I can remember seeing ANY President doing in my life time.

      If you’re a first time home buyer there is $8000 waiting for you until December 1 so that you can get into a home

      If your car wasn’t meeting EPA standard there was a programs to get you in an efficient care

      If you lost your job he extended Unemployment benefits so that there are funds coming in

      If you want to go back to college there is a program that will pay fro your tuition

      These are among the 13 laws he has signed in 8 months!!! How great is all this for Americans during these difficult economic times?

      He is a brilliant and gracious and excellent President.

      Comment by Paulette — September 14, 2009 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

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