Welcome, President Obama

Yesterday was probably the most important and memorable event in our lives and we were there to witness it in person. Our tickets weren’t together, so Kirkland spent the morning with Kortney and I with Mackenzie. Beverly, sat in the seated section and was close enough to zoom in on Obama and others from her seat.

We each have a slightly different take on the day logistically, but emotionally we were all touched and so thankful to be part of one of America’s most memorable events in history.

We are off to continue our sightseeing. The Obama’s have opened up the White House to the public today and we still need to get to the places that the girls are interested in seeing–Library of Congress, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Lincoln Memorial.

I will put together our coverage of yesterday’s event and post it here. In the meantime, here are some photos from the King’s perspective.

Thousands of people attending one of the most historical events in America. Beverly's view of the crowd behind her all the way to the Washington Monument.

Thousands of people attending one of the most historical events in America. Beverly's view of the crowd behind her all the way to the Washington Monument.

Beverly's view of the stage at the inauguration. You can almost see him.

Beverly's view of the stage at the inauguration. You can almost see him.

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Laraine and Mackenzie in a sea of people waiting to get into the capitol grounds. We finally got in at 11:45 a.m.

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Happy MLK Day!

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We got a slow start this morning, but had a lot to do. We walked over to visit our Congressman, Jim Matheson and so Bevery could say hi to her friends, Maxine Waters and Congresswoman, Barbara Lee. The vendors are selling everything Obama, but we had to go to the official inauguration store only to find out that they were pretty much out of everything and had a line out the door. We must have walked about 10 miles today and we are exhausted.

A photographer from the Salt Lake Tribune, Steve, met up with us today and took some pictures of us on the steps of the Library of Congress. It will be in a follow up story about us in the Salt Lake Tribune that should run on Inauguration Day, January 20.

Last week before our trip we met with a journalist who is covering the Utah angle of the inauguration. I checked online and the article about us is now in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Mackenzie_MetroTomorrow is the big day. The trains open at 4 a.m. and we plan to be there at 4:30 a.m. to beat the crowds. So far, the most memorable thing for Mackenzie is riding the Metro. Hopefully, that will change tomorrow.

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A Great Start to Inauguration Week

The King Family At the CapitolToday was our first full day in D.C. We took the metro from Chevy Chase to the capitol and did some sightseeing. We visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History. We also took a peek at the Inauguration set at the capitol and scoped out where we might view the event on Tuesday.

The inauguration kick-off event that aired on HBO was held at the Lincoln Memorial. There was a huge crowd of people today on The National Mall. We didn’t get to attend the event, but instead took the girls sightseeing. The National History Museum was my favorite. Actors and actresses portraying the American Presidents and First Ladies walked around the museum and greeted everyone. We heard from Abraham Lincoln. I even got to see a replica of Julia Child’s kitchen (a must for every Food Network fan).

Laraine infront of Julia Child's Kitchen at the American History Museum

Laraine infront of Julia Child's Kitchen at the American History Museum

The King Family at the Washington Monument
The King Family at the Washington Monument

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