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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-09 09:42 PM
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20. Nope. This is unprecedented.
Actually, what I keep on being reminded of is the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Berlin itself for two or three days people were giddy and joyous, crossing back and forth freely for the first time since the wall had gone up in 1961. But that was only one city. This time it's the whole world.

I was in DC for the Bicentennial Fourth, and that was wonderful. A million people were on the Mall to watch the fireworks, and for about an hour after they came to an end street traffic was at a complete standstill. There was a front page picture on the Washington Post next day showing thousands of people streaming across Memorial Bridge, taking up the entire width of the bridge. I lived in Alexandria, VA at the time, and simply started walking towards home. At National Airport I finally got a ride for the last mile or so to my place. I knew people who simply camped out on the Mall overnight and went home the next day.

Obviously, with this cold no one will do that. But the atmosphere in DC is just amazing. I almost wish I could be there.
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  -Has anyone alive today ever witnessesed a bigger, happier, more purely joyous inaugural crowd than Husb2Sparkly  Jan-19-09 08:29 PM   #0 
  - I had to smirk to myself last night ...  Trajan   Jan-19-09 08:31 PM   #1 
  - Remember the egg throwing on Inauguration Day?  graywarrior   Jan-19-09 08:33 PM   #2 
     - Actually got kinda ugly ....  Trajan   Jan-19-09 08:35 PM   #4 
     - I wasn't here til 2002 so I don't know  graywarrior   Jan-19-09 08:37 PM   #6 
        - Moore's description is useful...  BlooInBloo   Jan-19-09 08:45 PM   #12 
     - Yes I do  conscious evolution   Jan-19-09 10:33 PM   #23 
  - Nope. And I've been watching since Kennedy.  foxfeet   Jan-19-09 08:34 PM   #3 
  - Never seen anything like this in my lifetime. Also, I love the  spenbax   Jan-19-09 08:36 PM   #5 
  - I didn't realize till  Raine   Jan-19-09 08:44 PM   #10 
  - It ain't never happened before Stink...  givemebackmycountry   Jan-19-09 08:37 PM   #7 
  - I don't think so  Raine   Jan-19-09 08:40 PM   #8 
  - I wonder if any of these folks will have voices tomorrow. They've been yelling all day!  OnceUponTimeOnTheNet   Jan-19-09 08:40 PM   #9 
  - I seem to remember the Bush Inaugural crowds were under some kind of extraordinary lockdown  kenny blankenship   Jan-19-09 08:45 PM   #11 
  - They are saying 2 million tomorrow  Stephanie   Jan-19-09 08:46 PM   #13 
  - Nope, and I remember to back to Kennedy's too.  Waiting For Everyman   Jan-19-09 08:48 PM   #14 
  - You know ...... I'm even wondering on a global basis ........  Husb2Sparkly   Jan-19-09 08:52 PM   #15 
     - I really don't think so either.  Waiting For Everyman   Jan-19-09 08:59 PM   #17 
  - love vs. hate  G_j   Jan-19-09 08:53 PM   #16 
  - It's awesome  malaise   Jan-19-09 09:02 PM   #18 
  - I'm old  david13   Jan-19-09 09:10 PM   #19 
  - Nope. This is unprecedented.  SheilaT   Jan-19-09 09:42 PM   #20 
  - Nope, not at all.  mmonk   Jan-19-09 10:23 PM   #21 
  - 8 years of hell really raises the level of appreciation  MartyL   Jan-19-09 10:31 PM   #22 
  - Nope.  HughMoran   Jan-19-09 10:33 PM   #24 
  - It's been great to see. Well, what little I'm getting to see here.  Solly Mack   Jan-19-09 10:37 PM   #25 
  - They've all been pretty ho-hum for me ..until now..  SoCalDem   Jan-19-09 10:47 PM   #26 
  - Most of the people at Kennedy's inauguration  Art_from_Ark   Jan-20-09 12:04 AM   #27 
  - Reminds me of Carter's  fortyfeetunder   Jan-20-09 12:06 AM   #28 
  - Carter would be the closest... hugely popular personality  JCMach1   Jan-20-09 12:28 AM   #29 
     - Carter and Obama -- common element -- it's about the people.  fortyfeetunder   Jan-20-09 12:44 AM   #32 
        - Exactly... today will be like that times X  JCMach1   Jan-20-09 02:22 AM   #34 
  - Never.  Lugnut   Jan-20-09 12:39 AM   #30 
  - Actually I think Peggy Noonan (I know...yuck) in her tearful joyous celebrating today said it best  Horse with no Name   Jan-20-09 12:43 AM   #31 
  - for contrast.. Pic from Bush inauguration  Liberal_in_LA   Jan-20-09 12:45 AM   #33 

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