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Americans Barack Out at the Lincoln Memorial!

I just got back from the concert at the Lincoln Memorial, the first official inauguration event! Stars like Bruce, Bono, and Beyonce put on a good show for Barack, the rest of the smiling Obama family, and thousands of everyday Americans. I watched the event surrounded by DC locals, curious foreigners, little kids propped up on shoulders, and grown adults decked out in Obama gear. The crowd was incredibly diverse and I heard at least five different languages! In total, more than 500,000 attended "Obama-stock," which ran relatively smoothly from where I was standing!

To finish the show, the president-elect came onstage to speak to the cheering crowd. In a warm up to Tuesday's big speech, Obama said:

I want to thank all the speakers and performers for reminding us, through song and through words, just what it is that we love about America. And I want to thank all of you for braving the cold and the crowds and traveling in some cases thousands of miles to join us here today. Welcome to Washington, and welcome to this celebration of American renewal.

Are you feeling as excited about Barack Obama's inauguration as the thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial today?


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PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Lovely first family. The children are just beautiful.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
I went to the concert too! It was the coolest thing :-)
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Yeah they were uppers of some kind, em. I think it was caffeine pills. And Kelly and Zack and all them were all concerned because Jessie was a drug addict. :scared:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I aim to please em! :encore:
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
"Americans Barack Out at the Lincoln Memorial!" I look forward to four years of more not quite puns.
em1282 em1282 7 years
I'm excited. We're getting Obama cupcakes this week, too. :) Woot! sarah--now that song is in my head. Along with the episode of "Saved by the Bell" where Jessie goes all crazy while singing that song since she's hopped up on (I think) caffeine pills? Or something like that?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
You know it!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I bet you just can't hide it huh Jude? Are you about to lose control, and think you like it?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
So excited!
skb9850 skb9850 7 years
Nope, not excited, but then you guys probably already knew that. :)
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
Garth Brooks was the most entertaining person at the concert.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
But I am not excited about the inauguration.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I watched many clips on the news of the girls and they were adorable, I agree. This must be an exciting time in their lives.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I'm excited. No matter what political party you represent you have to be a little excited to be a part of history.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
The girls look bored out of their minds. Then again, I'm sure Bruce Springsteen isn't their music genre. :)
tiabia tiabia 7 years
I'm sorry I missed it :-(. My cousin went and she said she had a great time, although she was still trying to thaw out. Anyone planning to go down on Tuesday, be sure to try to find "hand warmers" and "toe warmers" and "foot warmers"...those things are working miracles!!!!
wren1 wren1 7 years
Heck yeah, I'm f*cking stoked! :dance:
em1282 em1282 7 years
How exciting :)
laceykk23 laceykk23 7 years
sasha was so adorable today, everytime the camera panned over to her and her sister she would get all excited!! and yes i am very excited that the day is finally here(well almost a day and half but whatever!!) 70 some odd days went by really quickly.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Oh I have to agree with the look on Sasha's face - this is getting soooooo boring. Can we go have pizza now dad?
stephley stephley 7 years
I'm jealous too; I attended the concert for Clinton's inauguration and as exciting as that was, it seems like nothing in comparison to this week.
Myst Myst 7 years
I'm jealous you got to go. I wanted to go so badly but with the playoff seasons and the Superbowl coming up, my office is in overdrive and I had to cancel my plans.
janneth janneth 7 years
Was it really cold, or bearable?
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
yes! I'm excited for him to finally be our president.
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