Inauguration of Barack Obama
Bobbie and Ellen at the Inauguration
Wasington, D.C.

January 20, 2009

Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as president of the United States.

Quotes by Barack Obama

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.

My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America - there's the United States of America.

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.

The Road to the White House
Significant Speeches from the Campaign of 2008

Bobbie and Ellen at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Text by Ms Bobbie Johnson

Ellen and I left Sterling on the Loudoun Connection bus arriving at West Falls Church Metro Center. We got on the train, went one station and had to de-board due to a train door malfunction. We re-boarded and went to L'Enfant Plaza where we entered the mass of humanity. It was about 7 AM and we had left West Falls Church about 5:30.

Bobbie on the Metro

Ellen Finding her Place on the Metro

Bobbie Being Impatient

The escalator was not working so we had to climb the steep stairs. A Metro worker was encouraging everyone as they climbed to the top. There were plenty of people to tell you what was closed and where you could go. Unfortunately, by the time you reached the "open" portion it would be closed. Everyone was very positive about it though.

The Escalator that Wasn't Working

From the Metro we walked to 12th Street, entered the National Mall, used the port-a-potty, and made our way to 7thStreet and Jefferson near the MSNBC Broadcast Area. We watched the inaugural concert, pre-inauguration festivities and the inauguration on a Jumbo Tron then moved over to the MSNBC site where we made it on TV for about 15 seconds or less. We then began our long trek home.

Leaving the Metro


Crowds Begin Their Hike to the National Mall

Crowd Control National Guard

Crowd Control - Road Closure

Bobbie and Ellen on the Mall


A JumboTron is a large-screen television using technology developed by Sony, typically used in sports stadiums and concert venues to show close up shots of the event. Although JumboTron is a registered trademark owned by the Sony Corporation, the word JumboTron is often used by the public as a generalized trademark. Sony JumboTron ceased being sold in 2001, when the company decided to exit the business.

This technology was used throughout the National Mall for Barack Obama's Inauguration because of the large crowds on the Mall.

MSNBC Central on the National Mall

Look for Bobbie on MSNBC
One of Ellen Too

Public Announcement

Public Announcement

Crowds Leaving the Mall

The Mall After the Inauguration

The Capitol

Washington Monument

White House

Due to crowding they would close metro stations including L'Enfant Plaza. Then they closed streets including the two areas we were told would be required for crossing--12th and 14th. So to make a long story short we walked from 7th Street and Jefferson to Rosslyn down Constitution from 17th Street and crossing the Roosevelt Bridge to catch the Metro home. We arrived back in Sterling a few minutes after 5 and by 5:30 I was home in Ashburn icing down my back and knee!

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