It’s an historic, VIP-filled day in downtown Washington, D.C., but it feels like Christmas in other parts of the city. I’m in the northwest section of the city about five miles from the parade route and there is no traffic, no one in the grocery store — just the occasional jogger or dog walker on city sidewalks. Like Elena, who has been twittering her adventures on inaugural weekend on the right rail of the blog, I’m warm and watching the coverage of the luncheon and parade at home, and getting ready for a party tonight. I’m feeling a little like a wimp, however, when I see all the folks who have been waiting out there for hours just to see President Obama‘s limo pass by. It brings back memories of the first inauguration I attended here in Washington, President Reagan‘s second. That was the year it was so cold the parade was canceled. I don’t think any kind of cold would’ve stopped the crowds for this president.
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