Montclair Mom’s Notes from the Inauguration

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 12:31pm

Lisa Prince 4.jpgTuesday was so exciting that I’m still whipped on Thursday. I celebrated our new president by watching the Inaugural Ball from my couch on Bloomfield Avenue. Maybe my invitation was just lost in the mail. Meanwhile, I’m still celebrating.

Try as I might, Montclair mom Lisa Prince is way cooler than me. She went to the inauguration with her husband, Toby Shorter, and their three kids. There they are, at left–Austin Shorter, 10, Julian Shorter, 5, Jasper Shorter, 12. She’s still on an Obama high.

Lisa, our Mom in DC from Tuesday’s post, sends this update–and some great photos of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, DC. on January 20, 2009.

Lisa Prince 1.jpgFrom Lisa: “The afternoon before the ingauguration, we went to the National Mall to take photos of the capital and get a sense of the mood the afternoon before. It was fantastic. Crowds were building and enthusiastic.”

Lisa Prince 2.jpg“Then we went to my parents’ hotel, and we met the Temptations! We also had a Dionne Warwick sighting there.”

Lisa Prince 3.jpg“On Inauguration Day, we got up at 4:15 a.m.! We headed to the capital at 5:45 a.m. We walked and walked and walked and walked to the Washington Monument in the pre-dawn hours. Just as we approached, the sun was rising. It was absolutely beautiful–and cold. It was barely above 0 degrees with the wind chil. But we were determined to participate, so we soldiered on.

We made it pretty close to the Capital Building. We were in the second section behind the reflecting pool just in front. We were thrilled with our location. Then the waiting began. We had a lot of time to kill between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. when the ceremony was scheduled to begin. After several bags of Goldfist and granola bars, the two youngest children, 5 and 7 years old were done. A few of us adults had to leave to find warmth and shelter for them. We headed to our friends’ house in DC to watch from their flat-screen TV, hot chocolate in hand. The older kids stayed, and they were thrilled.

Although we were there for just a few hours, it was totally worth the trip. The mood at the National Mall was electric. Massive crowds of upbeat, kind, excited, happy people. We never had one negative experience or exchange. Everyone in Washington, DC–black and white–was there for such a positive reason.

Later that night, my husband and I attended one of the balls, which was fun. While in a taxi, the Presidential motorcade drove past with at least 20 police vehicles. We actually got a glimpse of Obama’s profile.”

See? I told you Lisa was cool. Thanks for sharing your story. I saw Lisa today at New York Sports, and she looked rested and happy and great–definitely an Obama high.

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