#TBT Celebrating Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Introduction

On a very cold January morning in  2009, I was lucky enough to be one of 1.8 million people celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama in person. I went with a group of college friends, all hardcore Democrats, and we celebrated for days. I was elated by the direction our country was moving, and I knew Obama was going to be a great president.

My scheduled post for yesterday was going to be about how to get Inauguration tickets, but I’ve decided not to go this year.  Inauguration is the most partisan celebration in the country. I hope that the Republicans who go enjoy themselves, but I would feel like a party crasher if I went this time around. At the bottom of this post, in the spirit of American unity, I’ll list what to do if you are a Republican or Trump supporter looking for Inauguration tickets.

Here are my favorite photos from Obama’s Inauguration, plus a few bonus photos from the 2008 election.

Washington DC Greets the Obamas

This joke makes me feel old, lol
This joke makes me feel old, lol

 

Washington DC was pumped to welcome Obama to town
Washington DC was pumped to welcome Obama to town

Picking Up the Tickets

Going to the senate offices. The senate offices are spread out over three buildings.
Going to the senate offices. The senate offices are spread out over three buildings.

 

Stir crazy waiting in line to pick up tickets from my senator's office
Stir crazy waiting in line to pick up tickets from my senator’s office.

 

The senate office buildings were crawling with people from all over the country.
The senate office buildings were crawling with people from all over the country.

 

Picking up the tickets from Senator Tom Coburn's office
Picking up the tickets from Senator Tom Coburn’s office

 

Stopping to peek into Joe Biden's office
Stopping to peek into Joe Biden’s office

 

And then dropping by John McCain's office
And then dropping by John McCain’s office

Going to the Inauguration Ceremony

Walking to the lawn of the lawn of the US Capital early in the morning
Walking to the lawn of the lawn of the US Capital early in the morning

 

Gotta get that fresh Obama cut
Gotta get that fresh Obama cut

 

Crowds forming before the ceremony
Crowds forming before the ceremony
Waiting for the Ceremony to Start
Waiting for the Ceremony to Start

 

Waiting in the cold
Waiting in the cold

 

Joe Biden getting sworn in as Vice President
Joe Biden getting sworn in as Vice President

 

Barack Obama getting sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America
Barack Obama getting sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America

 

My friends showing off an amazing Obama jacket
My friends showing off an amazing Obama jacket

 

Best jacket ever
Best jacket ever

 

George W. Bush leaving in the helicopter at the end of the ceremony.
George W. Bush leaving in the helicopter at the end of the ceremony.

 

Happy Dance!
Happy Dance!

 

The crowds leaving after the ceremony
The crowds leaving after the ceremony

Bonus Photos: Obama campaign speech in October, 2008

Seeing Obama speak in North Philadelphia
Seeing Obama speak in North Philadelphia

 

The crowds were paying close attention.
The crowds were paying close attention.

 

Barack the Vote Rally Sign
Barack the Vote Rally Sign

 

Barack Obama Merchandise
Barack Obama Merchandise

Going to Inauguration 2017

The next Inauguration is January 20, 2017. These events are huge celebrations for the winning candidate and party. I would not suggest going for presidents from a different party IF you care deeply about politics and your candidate. However, if you aren’t political but want to go from a historic event/American history perspective, you would still have a good time.

 

Tips:

  • Call or email BOTH your senators and your Congressman or Congresswoman to request tickets. They will get a certain allotment of tickets and give them out via lottery. Request them as soon as you decide you want to go.
  • Book lodging early. D.C. will have a million+ visitors during the Inauguration window. Just make sure you can cancel and get your money back if you don’t get tickets.
  • You will need to get to town a few days early to pick up your tickets from the legislator that gives them to you. They cannot be picked up Day of
  • The day of the event starts early. You’ll need to be able to get to the Capital building by transit and walking early enough to get through security.
  • Enjoy yourself! You’re participating in American history.

 

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