Photos from the Inauguration – Updated All Day

Robert Boddie, a Bremerton resident, called me from the mall this morning at about 5:30 a.m. I didn’t answer the phone, but I checked the voicemail. He said:

“Just out here enjoying the festivities, healing some of these old wounds, talking to some of these old time people out here and this place is crowded. It’s cold.”

Here are some photos sent from locals of the events. We’ll continue to post more as we get them. Click on each photo to see a larger version.

<em>Patricia Graf-Hoke got this shot from the mall today.</em>
Patricia Graf-Hoke got this shot from the mall today.


<em>The walk to the mall. Thanks to Zachary Malloy, an O'Dea sophomore from this area, sending us shots from the inauguration.</em>
The walk to the mall. Thanks to Zachary Malloy, an O'Dea sophomore from this area, sending us shots from the inauguration.
<em>The view for Zachory Malloy, an O'Dea sophomore from Bremerton.</em>
The view for Zachory Malloy, an O'Dea sophomore from Bremerton.
<em>Here's a cropped version from the same place. Notice the screen on the left. I believe those were placed all over the mall. Thanks again to Zachary Malloy.</em>
Here's a cropped version from the same place. Notice the screen on the left. I believe those were placed all over the mall. Thanks again to Zachary Malloy.
<em>Here from a couple days ago is Jerome Evans, who works at the shipyard, receiving his tickets to the inauguration from U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair.</em>
Here from a couple days ago is Jerome Evans, who works at the shipyard, receiving his tickets to the inauguration from U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair.
<em>Jerome Evans got this shot in the days leading up to the inauguration.</em>
Jerome Evans got this shot in the days leading up to the inauguration.
<em>Here's a shot of the capitol from a bit closer in the days leading up to the inauguration. Photo courtesy of Jerome Evans.</em>
Here's a shot of the capitol from a bit closer in the days leading up to the inauguration. Photo courtesy of Jerome Evans.
<em>Patricia Graf-Hoke took this photo at Sunday's concert.</em>
Patricia Graf-Hoke took this photo at Sunday's concert.

Jerome Evans, who works at the shipyard, got his ticket from U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, but didn’t really get a chance to use it.

He got to the New Carrollton metro stop at 6:30 a.m. and waited in line until about 7:05 a.m. before boarding. The crowd there, he said, was in pretty good spirits.

There was some frustration when it became difficult where he needed to go. In the end the mass of people there had broken through the barrier set up for those with tickets. He ended up pretty close to where he would have been, near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. He could see Obama and others with a naked eye, but saw better from the big screens.

While the audience might have been frustrated and excited, it calmed for the speech, Evans said.

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed issued the following statement:

“We join all Washingtonians in honoring our new 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and concur with his call for national renewal, shared sacrifice and a great generosity of spirit. These are trying times for our state and nation and world, but together we will endure and prevail as we faithfully exercise our duties of citizenship, as neighbors, as family, with civility and compassion and care.
“It was a long, hard-fought campaign that sometimes divided us, but now let us unite and support our new administration. This is a magical time, a time of possibility for our country, but we have not elected a magician, but a man. Let us go forward with patience and resolve. This is a day of promise.”

Gov. Chris Gregoire offered this:

“This is truly a historic day, and one that I am so honored and proud to be a part of. I congratulate President Obama, and look forward to strengthening our developing partnership as we work together to create a stronger and more sustainable future.

“As an early supporter of President Obama, I saw then his hope and passion for serving this country. He has had amazing success at encouraging and inspiring his fellow leaders, and I pledge to do all I can to help carry out his vision for all Americans.

“Our work won’t be easy. We face very difficult economic times. Our families and businesses are struggling. Under President Obama’s leadership, I am confident we will develop reforms and strategies together — at the federal, state and local levels — that will create jobs, rebuild our nation, and help working people and businesses.

“This is an extraordinary time in our country’s history, and I encourage everyone to answer the call to come together to help our neighbors in this ‘new era of responsibility.’”

8 thoughts on “Photos from the Inauguration – Updated All Day

  1. From the President’s speech…

    “…those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. This is the price and the promise of citizenship.”

    Well said, Mr. President.

    Regards,
    Kathryn Simpson

  2. I found this benediction helpful. Nice rhymes. Benediction at Obama ‘s inauguration, Rev. Joseph Lowery: ‘Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around… when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen’…

  3. Yesterday I printed out a copy of his official portrait, then I framed it and hung it behind my desk at work.

    I am giddy but trying to keep reasonable expectations. I just set my PC to download bookmarked C-SPAN videos.

  4. “‘… help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around… when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen’……”

    I thought proof that day had come today with the inauguration of President Obama, the first black president in America’s history.

    I’m sorry Rev. Lowery didn’t mention justice for women as well.
    “When red man can get ahead” … makes me wonder where the red women should stand.

    The telling part of this article, the justice of the occasion, for me, was to see the picture of Jerome Evens receive his invitation to the inauguration from Dicks.
    This is a triumphant vindication of a race’s will to not only survive but to achieve the ultimate in the United States – the presidency.

    This is a splendid black moment in time. Gratitude belongs to all those who led the black race through hardship beyond imagination, culminating today.
    To those strong men and women, this country of all colors openly gives thanks this day.
    As I see it….Congratulations!
    Sharon O’Hara

  5. Mom, I do believe the word “man” in this context describes the human race, which does include women.
    With Barack Obama now President, this is not just a splendid black moment in time, but a splendid moment in time for us all. Julie’s 2 cents… (no, I am not going to become a blogger now)

  6. Good point, Sharon. Women tend to get forgotten. There will be some teach-ins on the global issue of violence against women coming soon….

  7. Actually if you look at the prayer. The Reverend was making a rhryme for potetic license.

    http://blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/2009/01/rev-lowery-inauguration-benedi.html

    “Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.”

  8. Jake …there is ‘truth’ in the Reverend”s rhyme for poetic license’. Embracing what is right is colorblind.

    I lived in the south for a time, Georgia, and visited Kentucky where I saw my first signs separating blacks from whites. Water fountains, buses…nothing amusing about it.
    Among the folks I met was a elderly black man who made $1. a day shuffling around in the hot summer sun with a stick poking at paper and debris on the ground..he was the grounds keeper. $1, a day.

    Honey…’Mankind’ means what it says. Mankind. Humankind is all of us.

    “1917 Police begin arresting women who are picketing outside the White House. Some, including Paul and Lucy Burns, go on hunger strike while in jail; …The U.S. enters W.W.I. Under the leadership of Catt, the National American association aligns itself with the war effort in order to gain support for women’s suffrage.

    The Arkansas legislature grants women the right to vote in primary, but not general elections. The result of this partial suffrage is that white women win the vote, but black women do not…”
    http://www.suffragist.com/timeline.htm.
    Interesting to note that Frederick Douglass was involved with the women’s movement.
    Women not only couldn’t vote, their property was non-existent…belonged to and was controlled by the husband.

    The teach-ins sound interesting Mary… do you have a time-frame for them?
    Sharon O’Hara

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