January 24, 2013

Inauguration | Obama

I traveled to Washington DC with Lauren and friends for Obama's inauguration. Words cannot express how it felt to be a part of the inauguration of the first black president... on MLK Day... and listen to Obama say,

"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters 
are treated like anyone else under the law – 
for if we are truly created equal, 
then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."

Everything was perfection: the invocation by Myrlie Evers-William, poem by Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco (first openly gay, Hispanic poet), address by Obama, and the performances by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, and Beyonce Knowles. But seriously, does it get any better than that!

The trip wasn't all smooth sailing though. Despite some seasoned vets telling us to leave as early as 6am to secure a spot we decided to sleep in and leave closer to 9am (not suggested). We spent a couple of hours at the orange gate packed in lines of people refreshing twitter feeds and  chanting "FORWARD" with little to no progress in that direction. The gates did eventually reopen and after a collective sigh or relief from the masses everyone charged ahead to find the perfect view. 

monuments everywhere

The house we stayed in on Capitol Hill had this incredible tile floors and beautiful rugs

amazing wooden puzzles

the cutest Bernese mountain dog around

and a fun/competitive board game called "Word on the Street"

|  In conclusion, it was an incredible and unforgettable trip with amazing company.  |