It's Tuesday Night and We Have a New President

A father and son eye history in the making earlier today along the lawn in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC.

After too few hours of shuteye (read: less than 1), we were up and at 'em before the sun this morning. By 5 am, with a bone chilling wind whipping, we were on the streets towards the Inauguration. Despite the less than welcoming time of the day, the streets were all ready packed with thousands of hopeful attendees. While a full post on our experience should be up and running early tomorrow, we figured we'd drop you a few teasers to make sure you come back manana- not too mention that we are so burned out right now the idea of powering out a legitimate entry makes me want to cry a little.

In short, we made it into the National Mall by 11 am despite a ridiculous series of events and scored some pretty prime views from the edge of the reflective pool in front of the Capitol Building and witnessed history alongside an estimated crowd of 2 million like-minded Americans. While others, even those with real deal tickets such as ourselves, were not so lucky. Even so, the experience was mind-blowingly positive: People singing God Bless America at 6 am to stay warm,conga lines of happy voters young and old dancing on the Mall lawn, Aretha Franklin bringing down the house causing quite a few tears in the process, strangers hugging strangers and a mosaic patchwork of smiling faces as diverse as America itself stretching clear from the Capitol to the Washington Monument and for several blocks in every other direction.

Breathe deep the intoxicating air of hope and enjoy. America just got a little bit better.

_ This was the scene at 5 am along Independence Avenue leading towards the National Mall. The word chaos comes to mind._

_ Sign of the times along the National Mall_

The back drop for Obama's first day on the job

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Ethan and Kodi,

It was great to tour you both around Hyde Park--one of my homes. And I was with you today in DC (another past home)--at least "in spirit." I love your commentaries as you journey along your way, and the Kodi pics (I'm not biased even if Kodi is kin). I want to hear and see more! AF

fjaeger (anonymous profile)
January 20, 2009 at 10:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

good work kodiak, good eye, way to represent. we stand united!
ready for positive change!!! lets do this :)

surclay (anonymous profile)
January 20, 2009 at 10:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks Ethan and Kodi for sharing your journey. It was amazing when you called yesterday Ethan and I heard Obama speaking like he was standing right next to you through your cell phone. Our reception in a school built underground was less than perfect but for a few minutes listening to him through your phone made me feel like i was there with you! Hope you both got some sleep last night and can't wait for what you have to share with us later today.

westside (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2009 at 6:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sleep last night? Yeah right. On a different note. Was watching the inauguration at my school as well, and I began to think, did we ever stop the school day for previous inaugurations? Not that I can remember. I my true feeling, is that we did not pause to see our first black president sworn in, but because American history was going down a new path. Vivala!

capecodloc (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2009 at 8:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A big yee-haw for a job well done. Enjoyed every bit of your adventures, and hope to see some more pics and prose before it is all done. Off to fire up my own flatirons and sleep in a closet...

murray (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2009 at 6:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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