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Celebrations Hit District Streets

The inaugural celebration spilled out into the streets of Washington last night, as revelers braved freezing temperatures to toast President Barack Obama and swap stories about how they spent the historic day.

Those without tickets to black tie affairs turned nightlife zones such as Adams Morgan and K Street into their own neighborhood balls, and, as has been true all weekend, U Street seemed the epicenter of activity.

Harriett Barrington and her friends from Haines City, Fla., stood in a line outside Ben's Chili Bowl after spending 12 hours at 12th and Pennsylvania to watch the parade. Barrington headed to U street after hearing a national radio personality call the area the place to party.

"Tom Joyner said it was the place to go," said Barrington, as she waited in an alley next to the restaurant.

The street known as DC's black Broadway, burned almost to the ground during the 1968 riots, has undergone a renewal and its multicultural mix seemed representative of the Obama era.

Kramerbooks and Dupont Circle are so Clinton administration.

-- Elissa Silverman

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 20, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Entertainment , Food & Dining , The Balls
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Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!) During his campaign, he told lots of hope in future for America if he was elected, but now he warns Americans of oncoming darker economy and not to put too much hope in his promises. He promises a big plan to reduce budget deficit but his inauguration ceremony this January will be the most costly in history (50 millions) while the nation is in deep depression, as well as his presidential campaign (600 millions), which was far more than his opponent John McCain's. He swears to clean up Washington DC, but he failed to first clean up his homestate Illinois, one of the most corrupt state with the scandal of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who greatly helped Obama to win his state senate seat in 1996, 1998, and 2002. And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!! (Each year about 1.3 million American smokers quit successfully).

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 20, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

TIMNGUYEN1 - What the hell are you judging his presidency on?!! Give him some time! He just got inaugurated today for goodness sake! As for quitting smoking, millions of smokers have extreme difficulties trying to quit...it took me several tries before i was able to. it's a tough addiction to kick. I HOPE YOU ENJOYED TODAY'S INAUGURATION BECAUSE IT WAS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!

Posted by: sunryse20 | January 21, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

The author's comment about Kramerbooks and Dupont Circle seem unnecessary and snide. Independent bookstores are precious and needed now as much as ever. No need for snide remarks ab't the Clinton era in this story, either.

Posted by: mgreg | January 21, 2009 2:32 AM | Report abuse

mgreg, I AGREE. What a weird and awful thing to say, Ms. Silverman. DC gets enough flack from people who aren't from here and don't know what they're talking about, the last thing we need is people familiar with the city putting down our famous landmarks and busiest and most beautiful neighborhoods! It's a good thing we've got several different nightlife areas, and it's a good thing we don't all listen to Elissa.

Posted by: crzytwnman | January 21, 2009 2:41 AM | Report abuse


in all fairness, you ought to get the facts of all the circumstances and events that took place prior to Obama-Biden in order (or even anyone else coming onto the current economic stage) before giving yourself in discouragement. this is day-one of the Obama-Biden Administration, so lets allow time to unfold how this new team handles the domestic and foreign scene behind the curtains and on stage.


Posted by: danchow | January 21, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse


Before you comment, please make sure you know what you are talking about. Seems you don't. First of all, it is day 1 of his presidency. HE HAS TO CLEAN UP 8 YEARS OF BUSHISM. I hope you did not think it would take a DAY! So let's let him UNDO what has been DONE FIRST AND FOREMOST. As far as what the inauguration costs, remember BUSH'S CO-HARTS have ran off with far more than that so let's just consider that water under the bridge. His campaign was funded by people giving DONATIONS (you do know what that is). He had a record amount because he not only used the telephone but the internet (MOST NOTED FOR IN HIS CAMPAIGN) with people giving as much as they could. The Illinois governor he has nothing to do with. Just because it was Illinois and he was the senator from Illinois, remember the last 2 years he has been campaigning for PRESIDENT. He can not control WHAT ONE DOES with his power (REMEMBER BUSH and CHENEY). As far as quiting smoking, I am sure you have ONE HABIT that you have yet to QUIT, so until you quit yours, leave his alone!

Posted by: dawnhughes02 | January 21, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I've seen his drivel (exactly the same) on at least five different websites. Best to ignore it and not give him the attention he so craves.

Posted by: princeleo | January 21, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Kramerbooks and Dupont Circle are so Clinton administration."

Is Elissa Silverman a Post editor, or a High School Blogger?

Posted by: MacDad | January 21, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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