My Brave Sunday Afternoon

First of all, the only thing I will say about the Ravens’ game last night is Orioles’ pitchers and catchers report February 15th and the Capitals’ will soon be making their Stanley Cup run in April….

Now I am not a sudden Obama supporter, but being close to DC and having some time to kill before the game last night, we decided to head down for the free Inauguration Concert in DC. I couldn’t miss the chance to be a part of the atmosphere or history, even if I don’t support our next President. The crowd was packed in by the time the concert started. Here was a shot back at the crowd on the lawn of the Washington Monument.

The concert started off with Denzel Washington before the first song by Bruce Springsteen.

We were located about half way down the left side of the Reflecting Pool right along the fence line. We really could not see anything happening on the stage, mostly due to the fact that there was a big jumbotron at the end of the Reflecting Pool blocking anything happening on stage. I won’t bore you with pictures of every singer since they all pretty much are just pictures of the jumbotron we saw from our vantage point. Here, Steve Carell is yapping, is how we watched most of the concert.

Of course the highlight for the others in crowd was Barack Obama.

And the current occupant of the White House did buzz by the event.

One thing that I can’t complain about is they did prepare well enough for the attendees to…well…relieve themselves.

Not sure if they will have enough for the events on Tuesday, but there were plenty for yesterday’s concert. And in case you wondered how cold it really was, the seagulls were probably wondering why they were able to walk on water (in this case the Reflecting Pool).

The concert itself was a lot more subdued than I would have expected. Other than Garth Brooks who played to the crowd and got people dancing, the rest of the music acts were mellow and barely caused a ripple in the crowd, at least among those around me. We took off right after the Obama speech and missed the last few songs in order to beat the crowds to the Metro. I will say getting in and out of the event was a lot easier than I expected and I made it back for that debacle in Pittsburgh….

Posted by Dave at 6:00 am
Filed under: 2008 President | Comments (47)

47 Responses to “My Brave Sunday Afternoon”

  1. jody beaumont says:

    Thank you for posting such wonderful photos for those of us that can’t be there…

  2. Tim says:

    Good stuff, Dave. Must be a lot of fun living close, like that.

    And, the game wasn’t a debacle. (Well, not at least until the last five minutes)

  3. Go Duke says:

    The headlines from the WaPo says Jamming on the Mall for Obama. Hottest Singers have crowd dancing; Next president makes it go wild.

    Also a front page headline, the national zoo pandas fail to mate successfully. I guess someone forgot to tell the pandas they should be celebrating.

  4. knova_red says:

    An opinion piece in the WSJ gives me a little hope. Notice the veiled threat about working with Republicans. While I consider most Blue Dogs as being more populist than conservative, if they lean towards conservatism with respect to government spending and reign in the worst of the Dems job killing business unfriendly policies, then I could live with that.

  5. Eph_Rove says:


  6. Phil says:

    For those of us waiting anxiously for the NYT to fold, forget it. They now have a foreign billionaire from Mexico to bail them out. You think the leftists outside of America are going to let their #1 propaganda tool go down? I’m sure this guy is just making an “investment”. Afterall, what businessman could resist the opportunity to dump millions and millions into a money making machine like the NYT.

    Of course not.

    Bow to your new leftist overlords.

  7. Phil says:

    Oh goodie, it’s Caroline in the senate. Can’t wait until Al Franken gets there.

  8. Just John says:

    I don’t know if you noticed this.

    During the first coaches challenge, when they showed the replay booth, on the wall in the background, there was a hand-lettered sign which read

    “You’re still

    Cleveland to us

    & you stink”

    My favorite part of the whole game.

  9. Phil says:

    didn’t see that

  10. Big Joe says:


    The pictures are great and thanks for sharing your personal experience for those of us who can’t be there.

    Its great to see you put your political feeling aside and partake in this truly historical moment in our history. There will be plenty of time for political discussion in the coming months and years. However now is the time to zoom out, look at the big picture, appreciate the historical moments that we are witnessing and celebrate our Democratic process.

  11. knova_red says:

    10-What is historic about this moment? It is quite simply the peaceful change in government brought about by its citizens. This has happened every four years since 1797 when John Adams succeeded George Washington.

  12. Phil says:

    It’s historic because Wolf Blitzer and David Gorgin say it is.

  13. Bitterlaw says:

    I just read a summary of international editorials that were very harsh in condemning Bush. I can honestly say that if the weak socialists of Europe hated Bush, I am proud to have voted for him twice.

  14. Everett W. says:

    Would have been a little more enthusiastic about the “We Are One” concert if the TV rights hadn’t been sold off to a limited access cable channel.

  15. Phil says:

    Just read another article that said Obama has now redefined the male physique.

    Is there no limit to the awsomness of this man? Add that in addition to being Lincoln and having the power to roll back the oceans.

    Peggy Noonan continues to orgasm….

  16. knova_red says:

    13-It is jealousy. Other countries, especially the Europeans want to bring America down to their level because they cannot rise to ours. A weak America is a great thing to them, until the heavy lifting of protecting them from outside aggression has to be done. Who do they turn to then? If I were president I would pull all of our troops out of Germany as an object lesson to what happens when we are not appreciated. I am sure that some other country would appreciate the economic advantages of having us in their country.

  17. knova_red says:

    phil-you need to turn off the TV, radio and internet for a few days. Call in sick to work and go to a nice remote (but warm) spot and take it easy. You are under way too much stress over this.

  18. Phil says:

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to get away from it but, yeah, I know what you are saying.

  19. Bitterlaw says:

    If the US pulled its bases from Germany, the German economy would tumble and they would beg us to return. Let’s move our bases to Poland. It’s close to Germany. Hitler proved that.

  20. Big Joe says:

    Come on Knova, if you can’t see the historical significance of an inauguration, and especially this one, then I can’t help you. You’re an intelligent guy so I’ll give the benefit of the doubt here. I also was very upset with the GWB 2000 inauguration and I now regret that I did not give his inauguration the attention and respect that it deserved.

    Inaugrations are not political in nature. They are a moment to savor for every American as we pass the torch from one leader to the next peacefully.

    I know this isn’t the outcome that conservatives wanted but the fact of the matter is that the american people have gotten behind Obama. 75-80% approval ratings is probably artificially high, but it shows that people are willing to give the guy a shot.

    The fact that you guys continue your diatribes and can’t stop even for a day or two shows why conservatism is fast becoming obsolete.

  21. Tim says:

    “What is historic about this moment”?

    Uh, we are kidding. Right?

  22. Eph_Rove says:

    17. 100% correct. I have yet to watch any news TV since 10 minutes after the polls closes in Indiana on election night.

  23. Bitterlaw says:

    Tim – you view this correctly as an historic moment because a black man is going to be President. I view it as historic because a socialist (who just happens to be black) is going to be President.

  24. Eph_Rove says:

    23. And dont forget a man who doesn’t want his daughter to be punished with a baby!!!

  25. Phil says:

    Come on Tim. Liberals aren’t celebrating because the man is black. They are celebrating because the man is a an out an out socialist.

  26. knova_red says:

    Tim and BJ – What makes this inauguration any different than the transfer of leadership from Johnson to Nixon? The US has been doing this for 212 years now and it is historic, amazing and special every time. But that is just me.

  27. Tim says:

    You actually believe that Barack Obama is an out-and-out Socialist?
    I mean, you’re not kidding? You really believe that?

    Please tell me that you’re just trying to have a bit of fun. Right?

    Or, at least, tell me that you’ve been eating space cookies, or something.

  28. Big Joe says:

    It’s almost painful to read some of these posts. At least I can be thankful that the views expressed on the HHR account for about 10% of the US population.

  29. knova_red says:

    28-Too which views do you Object. Given your new found respect for the Presidency I suspect that you believe that GWB should be afforded the same respect as Obama.

    Also, for the record, I don’t think that Obama is a socialist. He does have a higher belief that government can solve most problems. He is however, ultimately a politician. He will do what ever he thinks will keep him in power and give him a legacy. Destroying business will not do that for him. He will just make it a little harder on us that own businesses.

  30. Big Joe says:

    Oh I dont know .. here are a few that come to mind. Surely you’ll agree that these views are extreme yet they are/were repeated over and over the past 6 months.

    all 200+ pre-election polls are in the tank for Obama
    10 million GOP voters stayed home on election day
    Obama likes to kill babies
    Obama is a Socialist/Marxist/Communist
    Obama will end free elections
    Obama is the next Juan Peron

    Knova, I do value your opinions and you seem very reasonable. I do agree that anyone who wants to make a serious run for president is a politician first, they really have no other choice if they want to succeed.

    And I absolutely believe that GWB should get the same respect as Obama. I’ve said repeatedly on this board that I respect GWB and truly feel that he did what he felt was best for the country. I also feel that he was dead wrong. But in his heart, he felt like he was doing good. And I can respect that.

    I never believed that he was purposefully trying to destroy the country which is an accusation thrown at O on a daily basis here on HHR.

  31. Aaron_in_TX says:

    Joe, you’re just going to have to accept that there are quite a lot of people who will have a very hard time respecting any democrat. So you shouldn’t expect them to get excited about the inauguration. Unfortunately it’s more than 10%. Probably more like 30-35% of Americans.

    But this inauguration IS historic, and I hope most Americans reflect on it at least a little bit. It’s much more than a peaceful transfer of power, which indeed happens once a decade more or less.

    Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any other country where a member of a minority rose to leadership so soon after being repressed for such a long time. Seriously, it’s only been 40 or so years since blacks were de facto 2nd class citizens.

    England and France have a long way to go compared to us as far as racial/ethnic politics are concerned.

    John McCain’s best line in the entire campaign was when he said he understands how significant Obama’s election was for African Americans. I was glad he showed class at the end.

  32. Phil says:

    BTW Tim, when do Pelosi’s Bush war crimes trials begin?

    Has the messiah set a date yet?

  33. Phil says:

    Funny listening to libs on this board suddenly talking about respecting the President. Who would have thunk it. Where’s that been the last 8 years anyway?

    Oh, and have you noticed that the NYT as well as liberal posters on this board now believe McCain is suddenly a good guy again. I suppose because he will be Obama’s useful idiot in the senate.

  34. Aaron_in_TX says:

    I did get a laugh out of this comment:

    “Other countries, especially the Europeans want to bring America down to their level because they cannot rise to ours”

    I know it’s hard to believe, but Europeans are not obsessed with America. They’re not jealous at all. That might have been the case 100 years ago, but not now. They’re interested in advancing their own interests.

    This is evidenced by immigration, which now comes overwhelmingly from Latin America and Asia, rather than Europe.

  35. Phil says:

    European newspapers and media are absolutely obscessed with America.

    Next time they get their ass in a crack, let them dig their way out. No more Marshall plans and let them go it alone against Putin. Pass the popcorn.

    Within 40 years due to their ridiculous immigration policies, muslims will be in the majority in most western European contries. Wonder how they’ll like Sharia law. Seems they are doing a great job of destroying themselves from within. Good riddence Europe and RIP.

  36. Big Joe says:

    I hear ya Aaron.

    I think my list from #30 would certainly qualify for the “extreme” category of 10% or even less I hope.

    Sure there will be a segment of the right that will never be satisfied with Obama. The same can be said about the left and Bush. That’s just the way it is sadly. At least now the shoe is on the other foot, and the GOP can look “unpatriotic” and “unamerican” whenever they disagree with the Dems.

    I should just accept that for some people, the blinders never come off even when history is staring them in the face.

  37. knova_red says:

    They sure spend a lot of time commenting on our internal elections. Europeans don’t immigrate to here because most people come here to work and be productive.

  38. Phil says:

    Opposision to Obama does not equal unpatriotic or un American.

    Obama is not America.

  39. Phil says:

    Yeah, “productive” doesnt exactly describe Europeans. Is it still against the law in France to work more than 35 hours a week? LOL

  40. Big Joe says:

    #38 – “Opposision to Obama does not equal unpatriotic or un American.”

    Yes I agree 100%. And Opposition to Bush also did not equal unpatriotic or unamerican. Agreed?

  41. Aaron_in_TX says:

    The reason European muslim minorities lash out and remain radical is because they don’t get equal treatment. They’re barred from the better jobs in France. No wonder there were riots.

    Sure they’re interested in U.S. politics during an election year. They’re also interested in the politics of Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, other european countries, etc… This doesn’t mean they’re jealous of America, they simply have interests in countries OTHER THAN THEIR OWN. This is something Americans generally don’t have, so it’s hard for many to understand. One of the reasons the NYT is failing is because they have expensive foriegn bureaus and fewer Americans are interested in foriegn news.

    Soon I expect to be accused of hating America.

    btw, over 35 hours in considered overtime, but that law has been weakened considerably since it was adopeted in 2000.

  42. Aaron_in_TX says:

    “the GOP can look “unpatriotic” and “unamerican” whenever they disagree with the Dems.”

    The way the GOP has framed issues over the last 25 years, I find that unlikely.

    They have a lock on “patriotism,” it’s the dems that have to defend themselves.

  43. Phil says:

    The reason Muslims riot is because they don’t get equal treatment?


  44. knova_red says:

    44-Actually, phil that is true. Muslims coming to America generally assimilate and are accepted. Not so in France.

  45. Aaron_in_TX says:

    You must not have read much about the 2005 French riots. The inability to get a job when the name of the applicant sounded middle eastern or African was a major complaint. The trigger event was the deaths of two teenagers being chased by police in a muslim neighborhood. There’s a lot resentment. It’s more class-based than religion-based.

  46. benj says:

    Heck, I would no more go to any Obama worship ceremony than to witness an abortion.