City Desk

Lessons From The Mall

It sucks being late. It took forever to get out of our apartment and head to the concert. We thought: The Boss has to be the closer. We were wrong. We ended up listening to the Boss on NPR in our kitchen nook! By the time we made it to the Mall (Cab to Foggy Bottom then a hectic walk the rest of the way), military dudes were giving everyone the stare down and telling folks the concert was closed. "We're only letting people out," said one.

This meant listening to Obama several blocks away. Or at least listening to an echo of Obama's speech from several blocks away. We could sort of see a jumbotron through some trees. So we learned some lessons for Tuesday. Standing outside the barriers really sucks. There are a lot of people selling Obama bootleg shirts. And there are a lot of people interested in this inauguration.

*photo taken on our long walk home.

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  • Amanda Hess

    Love me the Labradoodle

  • Scotus

    I'm surprised they kept people out. The area immediately around the Reflecting Pool was packed, but there was plenty of open space off to the side. A relatively small group of people had a couple of Jumbotrons all to themselves.

  • A volunteer

    So where is the real story about today? That would be about why the most open, accessible, inclusive inauguration in history sold the concert broadcast rights to HBO (in return for its promise to show it free on cable tonight), yet didn't follow through and make sure the public could tune in tonight (ie, even those not subscribing to HBO). A major screw up here. And not a good sign. Whoever was responsible for this ought to be fired.