Tacoma resident Kurt Heineman is in D.C. on business and got a taste of the event. Here is his account and photos.
I awoke this morning at 4:15 am to catch the metro as early in order to get the closest to the Capitol building as I possibly could without having an inauguration ticket. Although many people, including myself, were very tired, you could feel the energy and excitement in the air.
Many of us brought cardboard or newspapers to sit and lay on while we waited for the event to take place. In this time, I met people from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Dakota, and various other states. The conversations I had with the people I met exemplified exactly what Barack Obama has and will continue to do for this great country, which is to bring together people from all racial, religious, and geographical backgrounds and motivate each citizen to be an active participant in renewing the greatness of the United States of America.
As Obama swore in his oath the crowd responded with smiles, jumps in the air, and tears simultaneously. It is not the fulfillment of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great dream but it certainly is a movement in the right direction. I hope we all as Americans can approach our citizenship with the same positive and hopeful attitude in this historic moment of moving our country into a more perfect union.