Ben's amended sign

Ben's amended sign

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Ben’s has amended its sign regarding who eats for free.

Obama sworn in, courtesy of Irina Souiki (Flickr)

Obama sworn in, courtesy of Irina Souiki (Flickr)

Well, after a long day at work, I’m able to finally reflect on the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I’d went to Bush’s second inauguration in 2005, mostly because a friend got tickets, and even though I’d voted for Kerry, it was an historical event that I was able to go to because I lived in DC.

This time, it was obviously completely different: the exultation and joy from the crowd, the exuberance was palpable. It was perhaps the happiest day of my life… I remember thinking the same thing after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and I flew back to Boston to go to the parade, soak up the atmosphere, and reconnect with friends. But, this was, obviously so much bigger, on such a greater scale.

There were of course, a lot of problems in the organization of the event. A lot of misinformation and confusion, but I don’t feel the need to discuss this, as a lot of other outlets have done a very good job covering the problems.

I am just so glad that, as a District resident, I was able to witness this moment in history, and I will remember it the rest of my life.

Change has come, courtesy of Shawdra and Simon (Flickr)

Change has come, courtesy of Shawdra and Simon (Flickr)

Finally, I’m back on U street after a crazy 24 hours: spending the night at a friend’s on H street NE, walking at least 10 miles to get to and from the Mall, her place, and my place, and seeing Barack Obama be sworn in as our nation’s 44th president. I’m too tired to give more about my impressions of how the whole day ran, more of that tomorrow. I wanted to share my joy and elation that Barack Obama is no longer president-elect of the United States and now the PRESIDENT of the United Staes.