Monday, January 19, 2009

Obama's inauguration | Offlede scores ticket to the show

I'll probably sleep with this under my pillow tonight.

In Washington, it's good to know people who know people. It's a town of connections.

After arriving at Reagan National and meeting up with an old friend from graduate school, we were walking around the Capitol building - freezing our butts off, mind you - when he got a call. It was his friend, who happens to work for Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas.

The news: He had two tickets, standing-room only, for the Inauguration Day ceremony in front of the Capitol. We power-walked and sometimes ran around the Capitol to the Dirksen Senate Office Building. We walked through crowds of other people dying to get tickets and through lines of Capitol police officers trying to keep the hordes in order.

The staffer walked through the doors, handed us our tickets and offered us some advice for Tuesday. We'll have to get there early, probably around 5 a.m. Gates open at 9, and the swearing-in ceremony starts at 11:30. And I can't bring a bag, so there will be only photos, no video, on The Offlede.

We'll be standing behind the chairs set up on the right side of the viewing area for hours before anything happens. But the payoff will be huge: We'll see history unfold before our eyes.

1 comment:

Denise said...

Score! Congrats.

P.S. Please come home soon, 1A misses you.