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"...Anything for Obama"

The list of swearing-in victims extends to D.C. Council members, but at least they got in.

Eleven members arrived to their seats in front of the Capitol only to discover that there were none. Like trying to find a spot at a movie theater when the feature film has already started, the council members heard, "Down in front!" Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) recalled.

"So we knelt down, stooped down," Gray said.

Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) said, "Eleven of us were kneeling in the dirt, the cold dirt. Harry Thomas with his knee surgery, me in my winter white suit."

"We'd do anything for Obama," she added.

From the swearing-in, councilmembers made it to the review stand in front of the John A. Wilson Building to see the parade. Music producer Jermaine Dupri (AKA Mr. Janet Jackson to some) was among the spectators there. "I don't know who invited him. He was sitting on the mayor's side," Alexander said. "He was sitting in a corner with his camcorder."

"If Janet was in there, that would have been over the top," Alexander said.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  January 22, 2009; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Although you are council members in the greatest city in the world, there are just times when you have to ride in the "back seat".

Don't worry, those of us who love the District will honor you for the service you provide. We, along with you, will laugh about "kneeling in the dirt, the cold dirt". Wasn't funny at the time though, was it?

God bless the City of Washington, DC, it's public servants and all who aspire to make it the best City in the Country!

I have never been a District resident. I was privileged, years ago, to fly in one of those green and white helos that landed at 1600 Pa. Ave. It was then, I fell in love with the District and all concerned.

God speed to the District! You have certainly shown the world what you are...the shining star of the United States!

Posted by: eambaker | January 25, 2009 3:51 AM | Report abuse

At least you were able to be there in person, whether in the dirt or standing. There are millions of Americans who would have gladly exchanged places with you!!

Posted by: southyrndiva | January 26, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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