"...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.
Nikita R Stewart
January 22, 2009; 4:03 PM ET
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