Faces in the Crowd
A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Name: Beth Tarini
Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Profession: Pediatrician and health policy researcher at the University of Michigan
Getting to Washington: Flying from Detroit through Philadelphia to Reagan National Airport. Roundtrip ticket cost $500 (about twice the normal cost because Tarini waited until several days after Barack Obama won the general election). "My mom's going to kill me when she finds out the price. I'm going to hear about it in my ear for a year."
D.C. Accomodations: Staying with a colleague (assistant professor of science technology and public policy) living in the D.C. area.
Reason for Attending:Tarini, who grew up in Wallingford, Conn., said she has never been politically active until this year. "I can remember, and this sounds cheesy, when I first heard Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. I thought, 'I wish he was running for president.' ... The second time I remember is when a friend called me to say he'd won the Iowa primary [this year]. I turned on the TV and listened to him speak. I thought to myself, 'This is how people must have felt when Bobby Kennedy spoke.' That's not happened to me in my lifetime, to look at politician and be inspired like that.
"I was on the fence [about whether to come for the inauguration], one because I didn’t know if I wanted to brave the cold. And two, what am I really going to see? I might not be able to see him take the oath [because of the large crowds]. But then I decided this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and just to be present is enough. I thought of all those people in the capital doing the same thing, knowing full well that just to be present is worth it. It's like watching the History Channel and watching the civil rights movement, watching them walk through the streets, and thinking I've never been part of something that historic. That pushed me over the edge. I just want to be there."
David A Nakamura
December 11, 2008; 2:00 PM ET
Faces in the Crowd
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