What Inaugural Moments Will You Remember?
E.J. Dionne: 'We Are One' Metro Ride
When my family and I climbed aboard the Metro at the Falls Church station in Virginia and headed toward the inauguration, we did not realize we were entering a party, an affinity group and a bit of a political seminar. We were all friendly political sardines.
You could do a proper roll call of the states. We were surrounded by Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas and Florida. Many had come with their children, including a couple from Obama’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
It was certainly the longest trip from Falls Church to downtown ever. Our sardine cans paused regularly. But we didn’t mind, as people compared notes about what they did in the campaign, including a couple of Hillary Clinton supporters who were nonetheless happy to cheer Obama.
A doctor from Florida wanted to make sure I’d look up a letter he’d recently written to the Jacksonville paper. I promised him I would.
The train conductor understood the moment perfectly. After a long series of explanations and apologies for delays, he ended with: “But don’t worry, we’ll make it. We are one.” I don’t know if I will ever hear that again from a train conductor. But it was lovely to hear it this time.
What moments will you most remember? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.
| January 20, 2009; 2:24 PM ET
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