The Obama Inauguration: Up Close, Only Warmer

The Obama Inauguration is going on today and having attended previous inauguration celebrations, I must say that I’ve never seen anything quite like this. As I watch it from the warm indoors, DC is packed with what may turn out to be over 2 million people, and the Metro is jammed. Judging by social media activity, especially Twitter, it seems like the entire nation is buzzing and much of the planet is too.

When you live in DC though, you’re buried in politics. What happens in DC is reported like the weather for us. So many people’s jobs are directly connected to the government here it’s just the way it is around here.

When something like this happens in DC, locals can’t help but notice.

I’ve been to some very big events in DC. Nothing has been like this.

Watching Bush since the election has been amazing. He is a person who I believe truly understands that the office of the President is beyond the person elected to serve in it. The transition support has been great and it doesn’t take a lot of searching through history to see snubbing during the transition which has not been displayed by Bush.

No matter what “party” one follows, the 20th of January is a day of celebration in DC. People here really get that every election is a historical one. Time and time again, it’s a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next.

Find another “democracy” that has managed it this well for this long.

I did not vote for Obama. However, I support him 100%. He has taken office and the responsibility of Article II of the Constitution is on his shoulders.

He’s got a tough job. He’s going to take blame for all that goes wrong and is unlikely to receive credit for anything that goes right.

Best wishes to our new President and a hearty salute to our departing President.


  1. N2GrowthStaff on January 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Since your blog focuses on how to really create your personal brand, I think talking about Obama is the absolute perfect person to use as an example of the epitome of personal branding. I think this is partly what contributes to how popular he is.

    • Dave Saunders on January 24, 2009 at 1:10 pm

      I agree. Obama built a very strong personal brand and made it work through a variety of venues.

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