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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 01/14/2009

What Does the Inauguration Mean for D.C.?

By Marisa Katz

By Zuberi Williams
Editor-in-Chief of

I’m a native of the Washington area and, with the exception of four years in college, I’ve lived here my entire life. Over the last two months, the tempo and the rhythm of the city has picked up like a Duke Ellington melody, all in anticipation of Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The jazz permeates daily life. You can hear it by eavesdropping on the Metro. You can see it at happy hour on U Street. I bet that during the holidays, every family gathering -- from Olney and Silver Spring to Fairfax and Alexandria -- had some mention of Inauguration Day. Who’s staying where? How are we going to get around? Who’s trying to get out of town to avoid the whole thing?

Those of us who call Washington home know the inconveniences that go hand and hand with hordes descending on our city – for July 4, for protests, for events like the Million Man March. The Beltway becomes a parking lot, the whole city looks like Adams Morgan on a Friday night, and, my pet peeve, hundreds of people stand on the left side of Metro escalators. But preparation for this inauguration has sacked our city unlike any organized event in recent history. With predictions of multiple million attendees, Jan. 20, will be the biggest pop culture event so far in the 21st Century.

To my fellow natives, I say get your hopes up that it will all be worth it. We will truly be the center world next Tuesday. We are the main runway showing off America’s new look. (This year, black is in.) And this is our opportunity to make a lasting impression on our guests and on the world. We may be able to inspire a generation. If not, we can say that, at least for a time, we were a little hipper . . . cooler . . . jazzier.

By Marisa Katz  | January 14, 2009; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Inauguration, Inauguration  
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Well written article. I believe this has captured the true sense of how the DC area is feeling during this historic time.

Posted by: jay77 | January 14, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Good article! I also went to the website and checked out the podcast "The Jone Dome." It was an AWESOME show!

Posted by: yomama2009 | January 14, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes!! Get those tourists off of the left side of the escalator! Other than that, it will be a fun day and one to remember.

Posted by: PepperDr | January 15, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Gag me with a spoon. Amazing how easy it is to brainwash those consummed with hate. Change...any change...mindless. You have bought the lie. Amazing.

Posted by: Phocus | January 18, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse


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 !!!

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 19, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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