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Remember back in October when I was calling all those voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania and North Carolina and I thought they’d be really mean to me but they were all just the sweetest, well, except for the ones who hung up on me but in my heart I believe they only hung up on me because they knew change was coming to America and who wants to be tied up on the phone during such a momentous occasion.

Turns out, all that phone stalking of swing voters might have worked because Obama won and the non-stop blooper reel presidency of George W. Bush is very close to being over.

So Rick and I road tripped to Washington, DC this weekend to take part in the inaugural festivities. On Saturday night, we attended a reunion for former staff of the Clinton-Gore administration.

Yes, before writing this delightful blog and finding employment as a personal assistant for a 2 and 4 year-old, I worked in politics.

Anyway, I really wish reunions were more like speed dating. You know, two minutes to get caught up on each other’s lives and then it’s on to the next person.

But instead, you always have an additional 10 minutes  or so to fill where, in a desperate effort to keep the conversation going,  you eventually tell some former colleague from the Department of Interior about your deep cravings for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light.

I really understand why people skip these reunions. When you connect on Facebook, you just never end up babbling endlessly about butter.

Then on Sunday, we attended the concert at the Lincoln Memorial with performers like U2, Garth Brooks, Usher, Sheryl Crow and Bruce Springsteen.


Who would have been the celebrity line-up for a McCain inaugural celebration? Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Heidi Montag and Charlton Heston? Wait, Heston may not have been available.

Thank you to Rick’s kick arse cousin Wendi who got us the tickets.

And here is me and my man Obama at the big event…


And by “me and Obama,” I mean, my hair posing with Obama on the jumbotron.

I can’t believe that guy is about to become President. How completely awesome.

37 Responses to a trip to the mall

  • Steph says:

    well. . . as I recall you blogged that the southerners were uniformly sweet.  but seriously, have a wonderful time at this most amazing time.  Cheers!

  • Pearl says:

    Oh man, I am like totally jelly that you got to see Heidi Montag perform live!!!!!!! 

    Ooops wait, I think I read that wrong.  Dang!

    But you totally must get Obama to autograph that photo of the two of you.

  • calikim says:

    Oh how cool!! What an experience being there must be. I told you way back when he won that you had connections. I KNEW you would be there!! Enjoy and give us a full report on Tuesday night!!

  • Zoeyjane says:

    In my entire career as a Canadian, this is the first thing I’ve ever seen so many of us get behind and be so excited about. In fact, I’m a little envious. Our current head dood? Total douche, making up rules (and senate) as he goes.

  • KidSafe Mama says:

    Hi Kelcey, what an exciting time! Imagine the stories you will have to tell the girls when they get a little older.
    please tell wendi (and if u run into bruce springsteen) i say hi!

  • Cathy says:

    That’s so exciting!! It’s so great to feel that all the phone calls and volunteering paid off!! So true about the music line-up, too. 🙂

  • Allison T. says:

    How were the port-o-potties? Just kidding, except that I think they’ve been getting more press than Obama. Glad you had fun…sooooo jealous that you were in DC experiencing this!

  • wa says:

    I watched the concert last night on HBO & wished I was there, esp. when Stevie was singing. And how good was Garth Brooks? Have a great time & write all about it when you get home.

  • Stephanie (Tyler's Mom) says:

    I still get chills when I hear Obama’s name!  One more day…I can hardly wait!!!  I have waited almost 8 years for this day and now that it is almost here, I am beside myself with excitement!  Enjoy all the festivities!!!

  • kate says:

    simply beyond awesome.  Following a horrid bout of the flu (and a wee bit of panic about three small children in massive crowds) we cancelled our trip to DC, but I’m living vicariously through friends who are there, and we’ll take our eldest out of school tomorrow to go to the library and sit amongst others who door knocked, phone banked, and bush-bashed our way through September and October and those first and nerve-wracked days of November.  Here’s to celebrating the end of an error and that beginning of something new, real, and hopeful.

  • ErinB says:

    so very excited for you/soooo very jealous! have fun- be safe- and we can’t wait to hear all the stories when you return  xo
    ps your hair looks great :-}

  • mackbeth says:

    Wow – how fun!  I watched with my husband on HBO, he is the long-time Obama supporter in our house.  I am looking forward to the future but cannot agree with wishing the Bush family a safe flight to Texas.  I think they deserve a bit of respect for their years of service whether we agree or disagree with their position or the results.  Seriously, no one can fix everything NOW!  We are all on a long road together – enjoy the festivities!

  • Valerie says:

    I’m so glad you were able to attend the concert, especially since at the first Clinton inaugural you were so busy working that you ended up giving Don and me your VIP section passes to the big Lincoln memorial concert.   We have amazing memories of it, but I have always felt bad that you did not get to be there.   I think that the ’09 version was probably far more exciting though!  Have a great time, stay warm, and remember to wave as Bush flies away in his helicopter after the ceremony!

  • magpie says:

    So cool that you were there.  Funny that you were thinking of who the Republicans would have put up there – I couldn’t think of a soul, at least not anyone I’d have gone to a concert for.  I mean, Pete Seeger?!? And Bruce!?!  Swoon.

  • Caffeinatrix says:

    You’re so lucky! I wish I could have been there to see my boyfriend (Obama, not Springsteen!), even if it was just on a giant screen, and be a part of something so awesome.

  • amy says:

    Isn’t it just amazing? Sigh… So odd to have such optimism about our government. And very cool that you got to take part in the festivities!

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