January 20, 2009: When the People Came Together, Even Rev. Rick Warren

I Went to DC to See MY President Inaugurated and to Take Photos. I Returned Home to Chicago Knowing I Saw America’s Unity on Display. My Memories on the Day of the Trump Inauguration.

This guy with the nifty “Mission Accomplished” sign that wasn’t displayed on the U.S. Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier got many photo ops at the First inauguration of Barack Obama. I’m on the right. I don’t miss that stray hair.

“We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” I’m writing this as Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the USA. It was 8 years ago when I was in Washington DC to see Barack Obama in the flesh, the 44th U.S. president, to hear those words of “hope” and “unity” on January 20, 2009.

Below are photos I took the day of Inauguration, January 20, 2009. There’s a couple sprinkled in from the “We Are One” concert and other sites around Washington DC that weekend.

The perch from which I really couldn’t hear or see the swearing in ceremony. At least I wasn’t alone. These folks were in the same boat. (But possibly they got to see parts of the parade a few hours later.)
Girl hanging from a tree during the “We Are One” concert January 18, 2009.
After scanning more photos in my library, I did discover evidence of the 4 protesters that showed up. I did forget about them as they’re really quite common. You can also find them at the Superbowl.
Never miss an opportunity to market yourself.
I actually knew someone, who knew someone, who made this treat.
A handful of 1.8 million people that showed up that freezing day.
I didn’t take this photo. Because I saw everything above instead.

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