Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sometimes it's great to live in DC.......


We had tickets for an Obama event last night - So off we went in the cold - It's not a real good idea to try to drive into the city and find a parking place on a night with a presidential event, so we drove to the METRO and took the train in - at the first stop in DC they stopped the train and announced it was "out of service" and everybody had to get off. As we were some 20 blocks from the Warner Theater where we were going, we took a cab - The driver had a hard time with all the traffic and then, of course, they had at least 4 blocks cordoned off, so we got out and walked the last 3 blocks.
In the shot below, you can see the 4 block long line - we considered coming back home.


The motorcade had just passed, but I didn't have my camera out.

It was cold and the wind was pretty fierce, but we waited - it took an hour to get to security.

They were doing the best they could, but there was a full house. There had already been a ticket screening, to be sure the right people were there, but at this point, they were checking bags and electronics.

He was intrigued by my E-book.

Here he is! Tony Bennet had already done a mini-concert (We thought it strange to have an old guy at the event for this young new administration, but he's holding up pretty well.) The man at the right is Tim Kaine, Virginia's governor, and new chairman of the DNC.
On the way home - thankfully, there were no train adventures on the return trip.

18 comments:

NCmountainwoman said...

Sometimes the best of evenings has a difficult beginning. Glad you were able to attend the gathering and get home safely.

George said...

It sounds as if you had a very interesting evening. I'm glad you got through all the lines and security in time to see the President.

Shellmo said...

I think that must've been a very exciting event to attend!! Worth all the hard work to get there.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I'm afraid I'd miss even the most important events. I have no experience with crowds on that scale;)

Marnie

June said...

Oh lucky you! I love DC...at least to visit :-)

TSannie said...

Oooooo...wish I could have gone!

Willard said...

That sounds like a great adventure. I'm glad you were successful in getting to see the president.

Jayne said...

WOW Helen, how cool that you got to go. I am sure it was a hassle, what with all the security, but heck, it's not every day you get to see the president!

Eve said...

So glad you enjoyed your day Helen.

John Theberge said...

When it comes to waiting to photograph wildlife I have tons of patience. When it comes to waiting in line with tons of people I don't do well. You did better than me, I would've turned around.

Stacey Huston said...

Sounds like a long and exciting nite out.. glad you made it home alright

Dave Coulter said...

Good for you....that looked like it was fun!

fishing guy said...

Helen: What a neat experience to have attended. I'm glad you enjoyed your time.

Tina said...

Glad you stayed and waited...it sounded like a very interesting event!

Ken Conger Photography said...

Interesting post. I'm surprise you were able to get in with your camera. Blue Skies.

troutbirder said...

I like your determination and wish I had been there. The raptor pictures from your program were stunning. We have some rehabs close by at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha Minn.

Arija said...

My goodness Helen, you did have an eventful day! Just as well there was a taxi handy when you needed one.

Denise said...

That's very exciting Helen. Glad you had such an interesting evening and it was worth the hassle. Great photographs.