137 Responses to “Forward….. to Inauguration Day”

  1. 1 taiping1
    January 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    So excited! Glad to spend it with TOD.

  2. 9 vitaminlover
    January 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I can hardly wait!

  3. 10 carolmaewy
    January 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm


  4. 11 carolmaewy
    January 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Way to go taiping1 and vitaminlover. I was watching idiots shooting guns on last thread!

  5. January 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    So, completely OT, but ever since I stopped drinking cocktails and switched exclusively to wine, my stomach has shrunk. #IMustBeDoingSomethingRight

  6. 16 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Already there

  7. 17 0388jojothecat
    January 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Aretha and that unforgetable hat and singing the National Anthem.

  8. 20 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

  9. 25 hopefruit2
    January 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    A lot of folks are watching 2009 Inaug on CSPAN and having similar thoughts….

  10. January 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

  11. 32 hopefruit2
    January 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    This year Justice Sotomayor will administer the oath to VP Biden 🙂

    • 33 Pamela
      January 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Her biography is riveting. Reading it now, with glimpses at the blog. Whoopee! Saturday Night Fever for 62 yr olds?! 😉

  12. January 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    See ya in the morning, love ya all.

  13. 43 canadabarb4obama
    January 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    IMHO, cheney signaled the GOP it was ok to disrespect PBO, by showing up in a wheel chair at the 2009 inaugural. No way did he hurt his back moving (as if people at that level would be lifting boxes). He did it to gin up the racists; no need to stand for “that one”. I believe that was the start of their evil tactics.

    • 44 Allison
      January 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly with you. Cheney is a fucking punk.

    • 46 Pamela
      January 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      More likely it was the overt expression of their evil which was on display from that day on. The corruption and desire to divide and destroy started on November 4th, if not earlier, perhaps even as BHO won the nomination. We do not need to judge these people: their own souls will have to judge their actions and stand as witness to their own cruelty. They will then be require to make amends. It will take a long long time, and many many reincarnations. If they are lucky, they will redeem themselves. We do not need to judge.

      • 47 canadabarb4obama
        January 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        Good point Pamela. I apologize for judging; I kept this comment inside for these past 4 years and just had to let it out.

      • 48 LunarSea
        January 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        I have no problem judging him for the flaming heartless &^%$@$% that he is. 😆 No qualms at all. I’m just not that big. I admit it.

    • 49 veryslowwriter
      January 20, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Sometimes I wonder where my head lives — I’d never thought of the wheelchair that way. But you’re probably right. Darth Cheney is evil.

      [T]he arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
      I’m grateful for that.

  14. 51 kasai
    January 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you Chips…We Love You Back:-)

  15. January 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you Chips!!! I’ve lost count of the times I’ve watched that video …. and will be watching it many years from now!!


  16. 53 0388jojothecat
    January 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I am sitting at my laptop and my cat HAS to have a chair ALL to herself next to the heater while I blog and watch the 2009 inaugural. Life is Good!

  17. 57 0388jojothecat
    January 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Roberts F up will go down in history.

    • January 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      But never, NEVER EVER OVERSHADOW the significance and triumph of the American Dream personified by PBO’s election.

      (no disrespect 0388jojothecat, you’re right in what you said.)

      • 59 0388jojothecat
        January 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        I appreciate your comments that what he did will never overshadow the election, and re-election of PBHO. Thank you.

        • 60 HZ
          January 20, 2013 at 12:13 am

          Jojo, you are correct. Have you read the book, “The Oath.” Get a copy, if you so desire. There is a great reading about this very incident. The first ten pages will lift you out of your seat. We have not mistaken these people for their wrong(that is me putting it mildly) actions towards President Obama.

          However, I do believe in my sixty plus year old body and mind that what we have seen in the last four years and even prior to POB’s running, he has Not been treated fairly and respectful, and they set out to make sure that history will carry these ugly stains in its books. However, POB’s brilliance and deep loving disposition will erase their little minds to zero. We will continue to pray that POB will always keep his steps ordered in a graceful spiritual belief that he carries in his heart, and he will be fine. He knows his enemies now, and he turns them over to the Fair Judge. Sentences will be handed down, I do believe.

          I am not a big fan of Jeffrey Toobin, however he did a nice job on the book. A must read for those who love the law and care about how the Supreme Court rules and operate in our nation.HZ

  18. January 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

  19. 63 Allison
    January 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Chips, I’m having problems posting. Help!!

  20. 65 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    It always fills me with hope and pride when I hear PBO speak. There’s something about that man.

  21. 67 dotster3
    January 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

  22. 68 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    So looking forward to tomorrow! Going to turn in so that I can be up at six and on the road by seven. Coming down for the meet & greet gives me a good excuse for hitting the commissary, MCX, and the CostCo in Pentagon City where they have a larger book section (and two percent less tax than PA). I hope the parking garages on Independence Ave are open tomorrow. Look forward to meeting some of you folks tomorrow. Good night all.

  23. January 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

  24. 71 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    My second fav part of the 2009 inauguration: The departure of the Bushes. I seemed to take them forever to leave.

    • 72 0388jojothecat
      January 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      They were very nice and friendly to the Obama’s because I think GWB really like him and after all, his daughters voted for Obama (from what I read don’t know if that’s true). GWB was down right rude to Al Gore after Gore lost the election but it could be that Al is a jerk which it appears to be from him selling out to the highest bidder.

      • 73 LunarSea
        January 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        You are right. Also then Sen. Obama talked about his failed policies on the campaign trail but he never put down the person that is GWB and always spoke nicely of him when speaking about the man during the campaign. This while everyone was saying the most horrible things about GWB. I think that unlike DarthCheney, Bush appreciated it.

        Also his daughters took the girls around the residency and treated them very nicely. I will always appreciate then for that.

        Now as to his failed policies and the way he ruined our standing in the world…..

        • 74 0388jojothecat
          January 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm

          I believe GWB KNEW he (PBO) was telling the truth and he looked glad to be leaving the place in good hands.

          • 75 HZ
            January 20, 2013 at 12:30 am

            I watched it again tonight after coming in, and I felt the same about the departure of GWB and Cheney. No matter how graciou VPBiden and Dr. Biden tried to give them a lovely departure, both Mr. and Mrs. Cheney were cold, in my observation. There was just a darkness to that departure of those two.

            However, I felt that the departure of Mrs. Bush and GW. was much more gracious and very becoming. GW hugged POB with a very close contact hug and he also hugged FLOTUS with a very tenden and sincere hug, in my opinion. There was a connection there on each participant, in my opinion.

            I felt that while POB and Former President GW and Mrs. Bush were standing on the stairs while the Bidens went down to say goodbye to Cheney, GW seemed to be telling POB what happened to Cheney as far as the wheelchair. I do not mean that in a disprectful or mean manner, but if you look at their lips as they are speaking, you can almost make out the conversation. GW seem to be of the impression that Cheney was not being up front. Plus he and Cheney did not see eye to eye during those last days even to that day about the pardon for Libby. There was a lot going on there.HZ

  25. 76 Xtine
    January 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Good night all, had to step away for a tad, but wishing you all wonderful Inauguration Days — yep 2 days of joy! Celebrate:

  26. 77 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm


    Oopps, did I say that out loud? #Nevermind.

  27. January 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Just occurred to me:

  28. 82 canadabarb4obama
    January 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    will the swearing in ceremony tomorrow for VPOTUS AND POTUS be televised?,,,,,will have to get up at 5am if that is the case…thx

  29. 86 0388jojothecat
    January 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    On one side of the street the Obama’s walking there is a truck full of people and the other side are camera’s and in the back many limos. I never noticed that before. I hope they don’t get out the car and walk this time. Just stay in the beast and wave from the bullet proof stand that’s been built.

  30. 87 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    “Thank you all for coming” -Pres Obama at Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball cir 2009 lol

  31. January 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Lots of excitement. Even my scrabble partners have deserted me. It’s for a good cause though.

  32. 89 desertflower
    January 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Jason Febery ‏@JasonFebery
    If only conservatives were as outraged at the death of a 6-year-old kid as they are at the death of a 6-day-old clump of cells. #NRA

  33. 90 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    January 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    At Last!

  34. 91 donna dem 4 obama
    January 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Watching the 2009 Commander and Chief Balll grinning from ear to ear. 🙂

  35. 92 lisalovesobama
    January 19, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    It would be so awesome if this was the song PBO and Miche danced to at the ball. It’s one of my faves.

  36. January 19, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  37. January 20, 2013 at 12:02 am

    • 100 HZ
      January 20, 2013 at 12:38 am

      Bobfr, you are so faithful and brilliant. Thank you, Bobfr.
      ((((((((((((((((((( Lots of goodness to you))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  38. 101 lisalovesobama
    January 20, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Where is everyone?! It’s time to PAH-TEH!!!!

    • 104 HZ
      January 20, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Lisa, love your spirit. You are so special. Always remember that you are a family member who gives me so much joy in my laughter. I am serious and very sincere. You lift my spirit so much. Thank you. Love you.HZ

      • 105 lisalovesobama
        January 20, 2013 at 12:46 am

        Hi HZ! It’s good to here from you. I hope you are doing well, it’s always so good to “hear” your voice around here. Much, much love.

        • 106 HZ
          January 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

          Hi my dear one. I am too excited to go to sleep. I just went downstair to make sure that my kitchen is in a tidy up way. My mother and grandparents always required that of us as we were growing up, so I can always find something to place neater in the kitchen.

          I am doing fine. My gut is showing off, but what is new there, so I just allow it to show off until I want to say, Enough!!!!! Meds., but my meds are getting low, so I am in a little pain tonight. However, I am grateful, Lisa. It could be so much meaner to me. So many people are suffering with so much pain, so I pray in a universal manner as I pray for myself. There is the goodness in it all, I say.HZ

  39. 108 sonjiaduncan
    January 20, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Good Night TOD. Excited about tomorrow and Monday. Stay safe and well until then.

  40. 111 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 12:26 am

  41. 114 lisalovesobama
    January 20, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Night everyone:

  42. 115 isonprize
    January 20, 2013 at 12:40 am


    I love the oldies, but I needed something more “old school”

  43. 118 Betsy
    January 20, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Practicing my smiley options 😆

  44. 121 lisalovesobama
    January 20, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Okay, I lied. No night can be complete without The Animals:

  45. January 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

  46. 123 isonprize
    January 20, 2013 at 12:51 am

    My nite nite song this evening is by Frankie Beverly and Maze!

    Golden Time of Day… Night all

  47. 124 vcprezofan2
    January 20, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Crawling online to say ‘Good Night’ and that I haven’t a clue what’s going on. I got in a while ago but had to clear up some stuff before signing on. All I’m going to say right now is being on vacation does not lend itself to keeping up with information like TOD provides, so I’m hopelessly clueless. No one updates me while I’m walking/being driven around and I don’t hear any news at all.

    BTW, which of you told PBO I would be passing by his home today? And why didn’t he want to speak to me? Five minutes or so away from the WH at Union Station RED tour bus line, anxious to get moving to see if the Prezzie was home, the operator tells us the next bus would be late because traffic had just been disrupted for the President’s departure. I don’t know, such a nicely timed departure makes me wonder. Needless to say, he did not return before my tour was finished. 😉 😉

  48. 127 carolmaewy
    January 20, 2013 at 2:22 am

    lonely woman age 42 decided that it was time to get married so she put an ad in the local paper that read::
    1: must be in the age group 40
    2: not beat me
    3: must not run around on me
    4: must still be good in bed
    5: all applicants please apply in person.

    On the second day the doorbell rung….much to her surprised she opened the door to find a gray haired man sitting in a wheel chair without arms and legs.

    The old lady said your not really asking me to consider you are you? Just look at you…you have no legs!!! The old man smiled, therefore I can’t run around on you!!!
    You don’t have no hands either!
    Again the old man smiled nor can I beat you!
    She raised an eyebrow and gazed intently. Are you still good in bed?
    With that, the old man leaned back with a big smile on his face and said I rang the doorbell didn’t I!!!! :-):-)

  49. 129 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 4:41 am

  50. 131 amk for obama
    January 20, 2013 at 6:28 am

    1. When is Inauguration Day?

    Inauguration day is Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, which is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The constitution mandates that inauguration take place on Jan. 20, but because Jan. 20 falls on a Sunday this year, a small private ceremony will be held on Sunday ahead of the public ceremony on Monday.

    2. Where and when is the swearing-in?

    Times for Vice President Joe Biden’s and President Obama’s swearing-in have not yet been released. The swearing in takes place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. After the swearing in, there is traditionally a luncheon for the president in the Capitol attended by members of Congress. The Inaugural parade follows the luncheon and runs from the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

    3. Who plans the inauguration?

    The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies plans the ceremony at the Capitol. That committee is comprised of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Chairman, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The JCCIC is also responsible for the swearing-in ceremonies and the inaugural luncheon. The parade and other inauguration events outside the Capitol are organized by Joint Task Force-National Capital Region with participants selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The official inaugural balls are planned by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Read more

    4. What are the inauguration themes?

    “Faith in America’s Future” is the theme selected for this year by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The Presidential Inaugural Committee theme is “Our People, Our Future.” Read more

    5. How do you get tickets to the inauguration?

    Members of Congress receive an allotment of free tickets to distribute to the public. You should contact your Representative or Senators to inquire about securing tickets. Click the link below to find out who represents you. You do not need tickets to view the inaugural parade. Read more

    6. How do I follow inauguration news on social media?

    The Presidential Inauguration committee is tweeting from @obamainaugural. That account has been promoting the hashtag #inaug2013. And you can click the link below to follow our inauguration Twitter list. Read more

    7. How do you get tickets to the official inaugural balls?

    Dancing the night away with an evening of inaugural glamour is going to be harder this year than it was last time around. In 2009, the Presidential Inaugural Committee designated 10 balls as “official” balls, and President Obama attended all of them. This time, there are only two that the Obamas are scheduled to attend, and the only one the public could buy tickets for sold out prematurely because of a Ticketmaster glitch. There are plenty of unofficial inaugural events, including self-described “balls” at nightclubs and lounges, but you don’t always know who’s behind them, and they’re often not that much different from a Friday night at the club. If you want something approaching the inaugural ball experience of your dreams, your best bet is getting tickets for a ball hosted by one of the many state societies based in Washington. Going Out Guide has a list of recommended State society balls. Read more

    8. What is the National Day of Service?

    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will continue a tradition they began before the 2009 swearing-in by participating in volunteer projects on the “National Day of Service” on Saturday, Jan. 19. The first couple is encouraging Americans to participate in service projects on that day. Click the link below to see where you can volunteer. Read more

    9. What other official and unofficial events are happening in Washington around the inauguration?

    Our Going Out Gurus are posting the concerts and cultural events happening in the Washington area around the inaugural. You’ll find their posts on the entertainment options below. Read more

    10. How should I get to and from the inaugural festivities?

    Washington’s transportation systems, including streets, metro and bus lines, are all drastically different on inauguration day due to security precautions and to accommodate large crowds. Dr. Gridlock has the latest information on street closures, Metro lines and bus routes. Even if you aren’t heading to the inauguration, check Dr. Gridlock to find out how your route anywhere in Washington could be altered on Inauguration Day. You can also find transportation maps for Inauguration Day on inauguration.dc.gov Read more

    11. What can and can’t I bring with me to attend the inauguration ceremony?

    Many items are prohibited at inauguration events and on Metro — including balloons and coolers. Here’s what you can and can’t bring with you, along with our top 10 things you must know before heading out. Read more

    12. Will my cell phone work on Inauguration Day?

    Wireless traffic congestion was a big problem four years ago, when 1.8 million people packed the Mall for the inauguration and called the folks back home with what are now antiquated cellphones. Less than half that many people are expected this time, but they will be armed with much more powerful smartphones and tablets, some of which require more than 120 times the bandwidth of a basic cellphone. So phone companies are setting up an extensive network of temporary towers and other equipment the length of the Mall to handle the explosion in wireless traffic. But even with the increases, the companies said, there could be delays and glitches. An AT&T official urged people to text whenever they can, “save then send,” or use WiFi hotspots. Sending video uses the most bandwidth, he said, and texting and tweeting take the least. The official Presidential Inauguration Committee iPhone app features maps and other information about inaugural activities that is available offline once downloaded. Read more

    Stolen from wapo via bj

  51. 132 amk for obama
    January 20, 2013 at 6:39 am


  52. 133 amk for obama
    January 20, 2013 at 6:40 am

  53. 135 utaustinliberal
    January 20, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Up early because VP Biden’s swearing in is coming up at 8AM ET / 7AM CT. It’ll be exciting to watch Justice Sotomayor swear him in.

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