My Inauguration Photos

[ Posted Saturday, January 24th, 2009 – 21:13 UTC ]

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Satellite Map Of Inauguration Day


Click image to see a large-scale satellite photo of where we were during the day.
[Note: None of the other images here are clickable to see larger photos, as there were so many I didn't have time to upload the large copies of them.]


The Day Before Inauguration Day


Air and Space Museum, from Independence Avenue on Monday. Tuesday morning, this is where we got barricaded out of the Mall.



The Mall, on Monday. Little did we know, this is roughly about where we would end up on Tuesday.



Porta-Potties, as far as the eye can see. This is just one group of Porta-Potties. Whoever did the bathroom planning did a good job, I have to say.



The MSNBC booth, where you could cram up to the edge and get on television. Hi, Mom!



Soledad O'Brien, from CNN, doing a live "standup" on the Mall on Monday.



The Smithsonian "castle" on the Mall.



Mounted Park Police. Because the Mall is part of the National Park System, it is normally patrolled by Park Police.



A picture is worth a thousand words. My commentary on the master plan for crowd control.



Another view of the Capitol, taken on Monday.



What I wore to "represent" California, under many other layers.



Candidate condoms! The asterisk text for each:
(McCain) "Approved for Veterans"
(Obama) "Smaller Sizes Available"
(Palin) "Hockey Mom Approved"


Inauguration Day


The crowd getting out of the Metro at L'Enfant Plaza, around 4:30 in the morning.



Our first view of the Capitol -- our goal is in sight!



The view from the first spot we found, just west of 3rd Street. Alas, this was not to be, as we are in the ticketed "Mall Standing Room" area, and were rousted out by the cops soon afterwards.



Chaos at 7th Street. This is the entrance to the Mall closest to the Metro station, which was shut down for no particular reason whatsoever, around 5:00 A.M. We soon left and found our own way onto the Mall.



Although it looks like it is snowing, it is not (trick of the light, and the lens). But it was certainly cold enough to snow, in the pre-dawn hours. Everyone desperately trying to stay warm.



Jumbotrons awaken around 7:00 A.M. with handy advice like "how to avoid the cold." Gee, thanks!



Skies lighten as dawn approaches. Crowd begins to stir.



Dawn finally breaks. If the Jumbotron soundtrack had been on top of things, they would have played "Here Comes The Sun" at this point, but (sadly) they did not.



Your humble narrator, trying to stay warm. Yes, that's really me inside there.



The true heroes of the day: milkcrates!



Our section of the Mall had one group clustered around the Jumbotron, and was for the most part empty elsewhere, as you can see.



Thanks to the Girl Scout and Boy Scout volunteers for passing out all the free flags!



Another shot at how empty our area of the Mall was.



Sunday's concert is replayed for us. Bono doing his thang.



Best zoom shot of the West Facade of the Capitol I was able to get.



President Bush is introduced. Not a lot of excitement from the crowd, you'll notice.



For contrast, this is a random Democrat being introduced. I have no shots of Obama (with every flag waving), because I was waving mine during these moments instead of taking pictures.



After the event was over, entering the 3rd Street I-395 tunnel on foot.



It had a very post-apocalyptic feel to it, I have to admit.



Inside the 3rd Street tunnel. This is where all those purple ticket holders stood in line, for naught.



Walking around the streets, in the aftermath of it all.


-- Chris Weigant


5 Comments on “My Inauguration Photos”

  1. [1] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    C'mon, nobody looked at the pictures?

    I have to give a posthumous salute here to a fallen hero... because one of our milk crates, sadly, did not make it. It served courageously and did its duty to the end, keeping our butts and our feet from the frozen tundra of the Mall, but it had to be left behind when we left, as we had too much to carry.

    So, to the milkcrate that got left behind... semper fi. The nation salutes you.


  2. [2] 
    kevinem2 wrote:

    I just did. In retrospect, having read other articles about the poor planning involved, you were relatively lucky to end up where you did. I hope the Nanook recreation was worth your while. I'm sure the memories will stay with you for a lifetime. At least you'll always have "Paris". Bye the bye, I'm crushed no one has commented on that link I posted a while back re: Palin. When you fixed it for me, did you eventually check it out? Huffpo keeps posting pictures and articles about her Inaneness, and I thought that NFB cartoon was appropos...Still a major fan, keep up the great work :-)
    P.S. - RIP faithful milkcrate.

  3. [3] 
    BLaws wrote:

    Sorry, been swamped at work and haven't been around much. Wish I could have gone to D.C. as well, but my couch had to do.

  4. [4] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:


    You've got some great pictures here! I just came across this and I'm not really sure how to use it but it looks really neat - have you seen this?

  5. [5] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:'s the original link - it may be useful, too!

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