The joke about Washingtonians is that nobody is from Washington. This weekend that seems to be especially true; everyone seems to be in town visiting for the weekend - which has lead to several fun parties. Today’s free We Are One concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial kicked off the inaugural festivities and people showed up - including both Obama and Biden. While it was breezy with temperatures was in the low thirties (the Potomac is frozen over), the crowd was excited, there was a festive atmosphere, and it was never overwhelming.
Mr. Obama will become President Obama Tuesday and I decided to go to Washington, DC to celebrate. After the first two weeks of the legislative session, flying to Washington for the inaugural is like starting a mini-vacation. While waiting for my flight at Minneapolis’ airport I discovered an observation deck with a view of both the Minnesota Air National Guard station and two runways . You’ll notice the C-130 in the above photo. On Thursday a group of MN National Guard members who trained for St Paul’s Republican National Convention were activated to be a rapid response force for the inaugural. They weren’t on my flight.
During 2008 my friend Kyle did not eat french fries. As a re-introduction to the food he decided to bike around Minneapolis and St. Paul for a sampling of the best fries offered in the Twin Cities. Ed Kohler and I joined him on the 20 mile, nine hour trek. While we didn’t get to some venues that should have been on the list, there was a limit to the number of fries we could eat.
Enduring wind chills on the way to St Paul was worse than riding through sleet and snow on the way back to Minneapolis, especially because on the return trip we made our way onto dedicated bike paths.
Ed Kohler has some great photos on his site as well.