dc buzzes with pre-dawn crowds.
hundreds of people wait to enter the mall at 3rd + D NW, 6:45am.
i headed out of my apartment this morning to get a look at the crowds and a feel for the city before dawm and i was amazed at the number of people already out! it was freezing (15 degrees!) and military police + hummers lined the barricaded streets, but everyone was in such good spirits – singing, dancing, and chatting as they streamed towards the mall. i continue to be amazed by how polite and considerate everyone is despite the crowds – there is no chaos, just excitement. there were vendors selling tshirts, buttons, and brochures, good samaritans giving out free hot coffee, and people linked arm-in-arm with friends + family decked out in obama gear. i found myself next to local musician nechesa morgan who, hailing from dc but now lives in new york, was playing her obama inauguration song – so awesome! i plan on heading back out in a few hours – one of the benefits of living so close to the capitol, even with the crowds i’m just a short walk from the action!
enjoy – and happy inauguration!
today’s washington post!
hummers + barricades along 3rd street.
serious police presence.
free hot coffee!
musician nechesa morgan.