It’s 2015, and Barrack Obama’s 2nd term as president is coming to an end. This brought to mind the trip I made to Washington D.C for his first term inauguration, and the photos I made on that trip, photos that have been sitting in my archive for the last 8 years. I travelled with a group from Canada, members of Democrats Abroad, an American organization in the U.S. that keeps those outside the country up to date on activity of the Democratic party.
I boarded a bus in Toronto on the evening of January 19th, 2009 for the all night trip to D.C, arriving in the morning on a cold clear day in Washington. The crowd for the inauguration was estimated at 2 million.
Once in Washington there wasn’t much of a plan except follow the crowd. It was a long way to the actual venue.
I eventually found a place to stand, or more accurately a place found me when the crowd stopped moving. I found myself near the base of the Washington monument.
Large monitors were the only way to see the ceremony. At the time of the inauguration I was dividing my time between Canada and Kenya. There was a special moment for me when I saw the Kenyan flag. Kenyans took much pride in the fact that one of their own (Obama’s Kenyan roots) had made it to one of the most prestigious jobs in the world.
After standing in the cold for many hours, walking many miles, the deed was done. With smiles on their faces and hope in their hearts, the crowd dispersed. I found my group, trekked back to our bus, ready for another all night ride back to Toronto. All these years later I am so glad I made that trip. Obama inauguration 2009. Been there, done that.