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Inauguration Coverage: Were You In The Crowd?

As a life-long claustrophobic, one reason (and a small one) for going to DC was to try to overcome the feeling of anxiety when tight places present themselves to me. I wanted to change. I wanted to test my resilience. I wanted to show my children and my students - like Obama does – a tiny glimpse of courage.

And on a personal note, I wanted to give to Mr. Obama, what he was giving to me…hope. 

So when I made my early morning attempt at seeing the inauguration, very quickly I found myself swallowed up in a crowd; and I was grateful that I didn’t bring my kids. I tried to block out the sounds of the kids who were cyring because THOSE sounds were more numbing than the cold. 

I had to focus. Time was passing and the crowd was growing. But I knew I had to achieve my goal which was to get out from under my comfort zone.

So when the crush of people started to push - feeling like the heaviest weight was on me, even though I was still standing - I knew I could still see the sky. I had hope. And as the sky was beginning to dawn, the strength to stand came directly from the people. We found things to laugh about. We shared stories. We chanted OBAMA! OBAMA! No one in my immediate vicinity wanted to leave. 

Anyone standing out there knew that this would be a huge challenge, and yet we stayed. 

This morning, while reading New York Times writer, Judith Warner’s column, Stopping to Answer Obama’s Call, it brought me right back to the crowd and forced me to reflect.

Warner writes, "I had ambitious plans for Inauguration Day. I would get up before dawn and take my children to witness history. I would attend a ball." 

[I did too.]

Then she shares the same experience I did – except my kids were at home – still pouting that they couldn’t join me.  

Warner writes…

"Emilie [her daughter] had become hysterical. It didn’t help that we’d spent a few weeks in the early winter discussing the hows and whys of death by trampling. “Why did you bring me here when you knew this could happen?” she’d screamed, as a couple of teenagers started trying to scale one of the fences and a policeman shouted his way through the crowd. “Why did we have to come out in the cold to watch this on a huge TV screen when we could just have stayed home and watched comfortably?”

Read the entire article. It is yet another glimpse from the ground dwellers who were there for the common journey of hope.

Comments

  1. Kakie Fitzsimmons says:

    Hi Amy, Thanks for the link to that story from Judith Warner’s column. One of my favorite parts from your video was when you handed the camera to someone that was up high so he could scan the crowd. The simple gesture from that person was a great example demonstrating how people come together in a time like that. We are so grateful that you have and continue to share your journey.

  2. Jayne says:

    What a fabulous coverage of the inauguration! I feel like I was there! You looked great and it looked like you had a super time! It is precious to see you looking great like that.

  3. Jayne says:

    What a fabulous coverage of the inauguration! I feel like I was there! You looked great and it looked like you had a super time! It is precious to see you looking great like that.