I often think it would be nice to live in Washington, D.C. proper. However, as a longtime civics nerd, I could never stand for it. I prefer to actually be represented in the United States Congress. So, for that among other reasons, I live on this side.
However, D.C. residents will have quite an advantage on January 20. D.C. has decided to make it virtually impossible to attend the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. They’re closing bridges to cars AND pedestrians. They’re closing Metro stops by the Mall. They’re shutting off Metro escalators. They’re requiring you to be on site by 7 a.m. or not at all. So. If you’re here and you want to be there, beware. It’s not going to be easy. Of course, if you live in the city, you can hop on your unicycle and scoot right over there. Nice.
Myself, I shall be home in sweats and Homer-Simpson-head slippers watching it on the television just like a normal American, perhaps sipping a glass of GlÃ¼hwein, certainly with a chilled bottle of bubbly wine at the ready. This is what C-SPAN is for, after all; for rescuing longtime D.C. residents who are sufficiently grumpy enough about commuting to stay home for one of the most historic events yet of the century. Imagine. We’re going to inaugurate a smart President. Isn’t that historic?