Thursday, January 22, 2009

at last

...our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness...We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth. And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
President Barack Obama (b. 4 august 1961)
excerpt from inaugural address 20 january 2009


the rest of my photos from inauguration day (or should I say selected photos). don't know if you can see it but there's a little dot on the field of yellow on the map - that is where I was standing on tuesday.
hint: in case you don't know, after you hit play on the slide show, there is a little square with four arrows at the bottom right corner of the flickr show, it comes up when you run the cursor over the area, click on that and you can enlarge the slide show and also get the captions (you will need to run the cursor over the top for that and click show info) - hope that makes sense.


cellphone photographer..... this stance is well just so today....
update 10 am: as I just finished emailing the picture above to the woman in this picture (after showing her the pic I snapped I said I'd be happy to send it to her - and she gave me her card) well, I just checked out the website on her card and learned that she is an artist (among other things) who does wonderful work. if you would like to check out her work go here - who knows maybe there is a patron or two or ten or twenty among mouse readers! by the way, the hand painted obama shirts are AWESOME!

28 comments:

Adam said...

what a lovely day! These pics make me realize how long it has been since I have been to DC. I need to get there!

John Hayes said...

Great photos from the inauguration-- it must have been a thrill to be there--your friend Joan looks so joyful. & the except from Obama's speech is moving & appropriate. Have very much enjoyed looking over your work here & at the "Daily Snap."

Cheers,
J Hayes

marianne said...

these are wonderful! thanks again for sharing. it's very cool to see history made from such a personal perspective.

R.L. Bourges said...

you know, that vid is so sweet - they look like high school sweethearts at the prom, for crying out loud.
Boy, that's nice to see.

Looking forward to going through the photo album, petite souris.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

You have such an eye, Mousie - Fabulous pictures, and the way you managed to pick out certain outstanding colours (such as the cerises and the reds)and such symmetry, is really heart-warming.

That for me was better than all the hours of BBC stuff - and you even managed to capture their filming, clever Mousie!

Dumdad said...

Lovely photos, thanks for sharing. (I liked the one of the kids selling homemade produce from their garden - good thinking!)

I watched the inauguration on CNN. It was a great day although I was pleased to be indoors and warm!

Roy said...

An excellent collection of moments from a very powerful day. Good work Kim! And thanks so much for sharing it with us.

But you really got me with the "At Last" video. Everything else that happened that day was moving and powerful, but when Beyonce started singing I lost it. Beautiful.

Michael Rawluk said...

We had the television on for a while and Colette Amelia kept saying "Kimy is there somewhere."

Squirrel said...

Beautiful--love the woman with the pink gloves. The swearing in of Biden and Obama are moments we'll never ever forget. I was clinging to my sig. other, I think we holding each other up and trying not to cry tears of joy. around us people were doing the same. it was an incredible moment to share. I had great faith in you, that you'd get in there, close up, and get great photos. and Yes You Did! Wonderful work.

Squirrel said...

YOu'Re my photographing hero, KimY!

Lexxie said...

Wow! You take beautiful pictures. Unfortunately I was home in Seattle on inauguration, but I would have died to be there. Watching it on TV, tho, I still got a lot of the same thrills and excitment! Very wonderful. I just read through a few of your blogs and I think I will enjoy it much. Count me as a new subscriber! :)

Nan said...

Thank you!! I hadn't seen this. I've got tears in my eyes. They are so in love!!

Reya Mellicker said...

Fabulous slide show. OMG you WERE at Stanton Park! So close. Dang, man - sorry I missed seeing you. Maybe next time when there are about 2 million fewer folks in town.

Our new president is so elegant the way he moves around reminds of me of the physical grace of Cary Grant. Yum!

BTW as a senator, Obama had an apartment just a couple of blocks from Stanton Park. You were really in the 'hood.

Coffee Messiah said...

Great captures and your friend was simply marvelous ; )

Dang, and you were so close too ; )

dw said...

Great photos, mouse!

Is that helicopter Marine One?

randeep said...

Hi Kim! Thanks so much for posting the pictures... I am a little sad to have been out of the country for this beautiful occasion. We stayed up til the wee hours crowded into a rare bar with big TVs and cheered like a bunch of maniacs. Did you know that Cambodia has the highest voter participation among Americans abroad? :) (According to the Democrats Abroad here.)

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Love the latest photos.

I have one very petty quibble about the First Couple's dance and that is that it's not Etta James herself singing the song. It almost feels that they had to go with young and pretty instead of the wonderful original, but I must admit that Beyonce proves in this song that she's gained some gravitas, and I her her portrayal of Ms. James in "Cadillac Records" is remarkable. So it's still a great moment.

This is truly a gorgeous, iconic image to open a wonderful new era. The speeches, tributes, ceremonies, etc were all rousing, but seeing such a personal moment between two people who so obviously dig each other and show such grace and passion brightens the wintry doldrums of January. I remember how some Republicans -- and their high fashion enablers -- often diss Democrats for having no style. This shows the Obamas can outclass the Reagans and their ilk in the poise and fashion department any day. And Michelle has proven that just because you can be sassy and fashionable doesn't mean you parked your brain at the door.

Hard work lies ahead, but this sort of inspiring imagery reminds us why it's worth it.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

adam - sounds like it's time to make a trip to dc!

john... it was a thrill! thanks for visiting. joan & I are still on cloud nine.

marianne - ;)

rlb - one can just feel the love!

woman - I have a special fondness for the bbc

dd - joan bought some of the cookies I forgot to ask how they were....but they were homemade!

roy - you are welcome.

michael - yep I was! pinch me

squirrel - what!!! you are my hero!!

lexxie - love your avatar.....I posted a very similar picture from my summer visit to strawberry fields - I'll have to see if the flower arrangement is the same, what if we were there at the same time!!!!!

nan - talk about good role models!

reya - going to the national museum of women in the arts tomorrow then to the lincoln exhibit call my cell if you aren't working, maybe we can link up

coffee - I was!!

dw - word had it w was in the copter so everyone started singing the byebye nah, nah song!

randeep - been thinking so much about you, I met a man yesterday who just got back from 3 wks in cambodia.... glad you found a venue to watch the festivities. take care....will check on your adam when I get home....

junk - it's about time that the society returns to valuing hard work and realizing we can't get something from nothing....I love the energy the obamas are bringing to the white house....

I was bummed that the hbo feed to my folks house cut out on sunday before beyonce's big finale...I heard it was terrific

Marilynne said...

This is really great coverage. You caught the people end of things.

alicesg said...

Congratulations on the new president and congratulations for being in the blog of note. :)

Saretta said...

Aw, that video made me cry!

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ArtSparker said...

To quote Willie the Shake,

"Now is the winter of our discontent
Made summer..."

Let me know if the Onion is not readily avialble in Cleveland, they have a nice alternate reality.

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Bobbie Leigh said...

Those are beautiful pictures- you are so lucky to have witnessed in person such a historical event.

Chuck Pefley said...

Wow! So very cool you were able to attend!! Great set of real photos of the event. Thanks so much for sharing, Kimy!!

Edward Yablonsky said...

The speech of the President was awe inspiring and I pray the old hatreds will someday pass. I am not however boundlessly optimistic that they will. I can but say that I am the son of a holocaust survivor (my mother) and she told me all the horrors she witnessed as a girl of 5 years old, then came to Ellis Island originally from Brisk in Poland. I would like to believe in an era of light forthcoming but the past repeats because of our inaction born of insensitivity to the hurting of others.