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!