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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/21/2009

Inaugural Sketchbook: Scenes From Obama's Mall

By Michael Cavna

Wit took on a different air in Washington on Tuesday. When a mass of more than a million people is sharing a sense of uplift -- reveling in a rolling lovefest, actually -- the moment's unjaundiced humor can take a Washingtonian by shock.

Far from the Capitol steps, deep into the cheap "seats" of SRO (creating the surreal sensation that you're four-thousand rows back), you feel as if you're more at sporting event than swearing-in. On the mound shadowed by the Washington Monument, the giddy mood is one of a Super Bowl -- multiplied many times over.

You can take pictures, but that doesn't begin to capture the tone of the moment. So you do the only thing you can as a cartoonist: You crack a sketchbook.

Here is a handful of quickie sketches from a hill of history, based on overheard dialogue. The renderings are mine; the mood (condensed for space) of a historic "Moment" in Washington is theirs.


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By Michael Cavna  | January 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  The Morning Line, The Sketchbook  
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Comments


Excellent stuff, Michael.

Posted by: Mrhode | January 21, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Very cool.

Posted by: oceanchild | January 21, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Well done! Wish I coulda been down there.

Posted by: rhompson | January 21, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Michael, Thanks for the sketches and the words of people who were there. They give a vibrancy to the day that even watching it on TV didn't.

Most excellently cool!

Posted by: elyrest | January 21, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Love it all, thanks for sharing...

Posted by: JkR- | January 21, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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