Hopefully everyone got a chance to see the excellent newsok.com blog assembled on inauguration day by staffer Carrie Coppernoll. Lots of great pics and stories. I submitted to her a few pictures I took in DC, which she kindly included, but I wanted to post some more here.
The first is from the walk my buddy from the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal and I made from the National Press Building to the Capitol. Because some main streets were closed down, we had to cross the National Mall area underground, though a tunnel that is normally used by cars. It was packed with people (a phrase that should probably go without saying when describing that day in DC) and the exit seemed to recede the further we walked. My friend joked that it was computer-assisted disaster movie in the making.
The next is a shot from the seating area to which I was assigned. It was kind of a mix of people _ lots of reporters, Oklahoma First Lady Kim Henry, actor Denzel Washington, singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson, Beyonce and Jay Z.
One of the perks of our seating section _ being close to the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band, led by Col. Michael J. Colburn.
There was, as you probably surmised, lots of media there. Here is a shot of one of the camera stands:
Finally, here is a shot of the helicopter carrying former President George W. Bush just after it flew over the U.S. Capitol after the inauguration of his successor, President Barack Obama: