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January 21, 2009 10:42 AM

Video dispatches from the inauguration

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Submitted by Nicole Wicks

We started the day off with a 5:30am phone call. "Hurry up! We've got to go! There are lines already!" We were dropped off about a quarter of a mile from the Roosevelt Bridge and made our way to The Mall.

On the metro:

Our goal was to get "lucky" and get as close to the Capital as the Washington Monument. Crossing the bridge we were surprised by the small amount of people crossing. We made our way up Constitution Ave. and before we knew it were at the Washington Monument. People were chanting, singing and surprisingly awake! There was plenty of room to navigate so we decided to get just a bit closer. Turns out we made it halfway in between the Capital and the Washington Monument with a jumbotron right by us and a decent size space.

People from around the world:

Garth Brooks and "Shout!"

The people around us were from all over the country, Canada, Kenya, Columbia and Germany. I called my parents at 7:15am (that's 4:15am Seattle time) to let them know we were in place. About 50 people around me shouted "Good Morning!" and my parents were officially awake. In the next four hours the group of people became larger and larger and soon there were people as far as we could see in every direction. Sunday's concert was playing on the jumbotrons so there were moments of singing and dancing. During the last hour we watched the dignitaries enter the building and find their seat. FINALLY it was time for the new administration. I can't put into words how I felt or how the people around me felt. You'll just have to watch the video. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget and I'm so happy I made the trip!

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