Washington, DCI travel to Washington frequently, and sometimes attend briefings and meetings at the White House as well as receptions and parties. So decided to put some of my photos here, starting with the Inauguration in 2009.
In the nineties, my little Podengo look-alike often traveled with me to Washington, attending the inauguration of President Clinton. He was the inspiration for my getting my first true Podengo Pequeno.
The Presidential Inauguration January 20th, 2009
The Inaugural events started with a magnificent concert Sunday on the Mall and many official and private parties and events on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday morning, in the sunny cold, we watched Barack Hussein Obama take the oath of office to become President of the United States of America. People clapped, they wept, they laughed, they smiled, we were all happy and enthusiastic and hopeful for our country.
This is both a culmination and beginning of the work of so many that began years ago. It was by far the best inauguration I have ever attended!
These photos were taken at various parties on Monday, the Swearing-In Ceremony on Tuesday (and the long detoured walk to get there) and at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center that night. Vice President Biden and his wife showed up at the Ball, and had us all laughing with his easy-going stories. About an hour later, President Obama and the First Lady arrived and the President spoke, after which the First Couple danced to the song "At Last" played by the United States Marine Corps Band.
To see some fabulous professional photos, go to www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/01/the_inauguration_of_president.html"
Good days in America!
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