Blogging the inauguration: Coming home

January 21st, 2009

This post will be short. I’m packed and ready to head out of here at 6:30 a.m. to Dulles. The Washington Post reported that both Dulles and Reagan were jammed today, and many didn’t make their flights because of the security logjam. I didn’t need to hear that, so, Plan B, leave two hours earlier than I normally would.

I spent the day back at the Mall. The grass really took a beating. It’s going to take a major restoration to get it looking nice for spring. Don’t know who’s going to pay for that. It was windy, the area looked like a giant dustbowl lined with a thousand port-a-johns on either side.


I also took Sherrie Galloway up on her offer to show me around the Library of Congress. I blogged about her several weeks ago. What a magnificent building; I have never been there and might not still have gone if not for Sherrie’s offer. Between the architecture and the art, it’s hard to say which is more enjoyable — until you see their exhibits, from the first map that has “America” on it (1507 — and it cost $6 million to get it here from Germany) to the annotated Declaration of Independence — annotated by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, in their own hands.

It’s tempting to wax all philosophic about history past and history present. I won’t. Today, everybody who was on the Mall yesterday went back to their jobs, their lives, while our new President began his job. That American work ethic is really what has always set it apart, when you get right down to it.

Saturday will be my last blog, for any of you who might be interested. This has been a fantastic experience, but, I also have to get back to work (see above).

So, wish for me the best come tomorrow … more lines … more crowds … boy, do I ever miss our small town!

Read Grand Junction resident Vicki Felmlee’s blog about Barack Obama’s inauguration at



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