The greatest show on earth?

_45196616_theobamasmeetthebushesatthewhitehouseBarack Obama’s inauguration is six days away and we’d like you to be involved in our coverage of it.

If you’re going to travel to Washington to see the event for yourself, or have plans for watching or listening from afar, we’d like to hear from you. But let’s be clear, this isn’t going to be an unbridled Obamafest. If you’ve got Obama fatigue and would rather draw the curtains and turn off the radio, we want to hear from you as well.

Either way, let us have your thoughts and please post your phone number as well. We promise we won’t publish it along with your comment here on the blog.

15 Responses to “The greatest show on earth?”

  1. 1 Steve
    January 14, 2009 at 15:18

    I live one mile outside of DC, though in Virginia and they’re shutting virginia off from DC, but I could walk there. But I’m more in the camp of wishing I were not going to be in town this weekend as it’s going to be an absolute nightmare.

  2. January 14, 2009 at 15:47

    I will most certainly be there cheering and dancing with all the other people.

  3. 3 gary
    January 14, 2009 at 16:32

    I can understand why many folks in the US are joyful; but I don’t get why it should be a big deal elsewhere. Maybe Earth needs to get a life.

  4. January 14, 2009 at 17:12

    Are you kidding? Take it from an old white lady, this is true history! I still thrill at the mention of Chicago in 1968, knowing that I played a small part in it. There is no thrill like the chills a person gets when, reading a history book 40 years later, you realize that some where within that mentioned event, you were standing up and being counted. If I wasn’t living on Social Security and in poor health, I would wobble right over there, lean against a tree, and even if I couldn’t see a thing, I wouldn’t miss a minute of actually being there!

    I won’t miss a minute of it – and yes, I will tape it all.

  5. 5 Roy, Washington DC
    January 14, 2009 at 17:47

    I thought about coming up for the inauguration and to join in the WHYS coverage of it (I actually live well south of DC), but the more I thought about it, it was going to be too crowded to make the trip worthwhile. I’ve seen how large the crowds get there on July 4, and this is supposed to be several times larger.

    I’ll be listening to radio coverage of it, most likely on BBC World Service.

  6. 6 Ibitayo
    January 14, 2009 at 17:58

    I’m african and i’m black, sure it’s a big deal. I will be watching via cable TV and i agree it is the greatest show on earth for our time. I wasn,t around when Martin Luther King II gave his memorable “I have a dream” speech so why will i not watch another memorable event since i am around now!

  7. 7 John in Salem
    January 14, 2009 at 18:03

    My wife gave me a 1/2 pint of 12-year-old single malt Scotch for Christmas that I’m saving for the oath of office.
    On the other hand I don’t regret having to watch it from 3,000 miles away. It’s a unique moment of vulnerability, and on the map Washington D.C. looks to me like the biggest bulls-eye on the planet.

  8. 8 Steve
    January 14, 2009 at 18:49

    @ Roy. YOu cannot even drive to DC. The bridges are closed from VA, and many of the rodes here in Arlington are going to be closed off. You would either have to brave the metro or walk in. I might walk in if I decide I want to see it, but I have been to inaugurations before, and, honestly, they are boring and cold. I should have thought of it earlier, but a friend of mine’s dad works at the congressional ethics office and they watch inaugurations from their balcony area in the capitol building..

  9. January 14, 2009 at 21:38

    The greatest….
    Wish I could be there…

  10. 10 ~Dennis Junior~
    January 14, 2009 at 22:53

    It will be a wonderful show to be involved; whether at home or any place else, You will be enjoying a wonderful item on 20 January 2009….At high Noon Eastern.

    ~Dennis Junior~

  11. 11 Kathy
    January 15, 2009 at 05:26

    I too am an old white lady and physical limitations and sanity will keep me from DC, but I will surely be at the Wilmington, DE train station on Saturday to witness Barack stopping to pick up our own Joe Biden on the trip to Washington. I am soooo thrilled about this–and, yes, frightened too about the bull’s-eye thing!

  12. 12 Luci Smith
    January 15, 2009 at 08:51

    I am invited to an alumni party at Copenhagen University, where my favorite history teacher will be making predictions afterward, but I will let the day determine what I do.
    Having rung doorbells and asked people NOT to elect Nixon in 1968 at the age of 11 in Dallas, I have always felt that politics is an intergral part of one’s life.
    My guess is that I will spend the day listening to and watching the coverage on the World Service and CNN and then probably will join the street party that will happen in my city or go by my friends’ house and sing and dance.
    As a naturalized Danish Citizen, I was unable to vote for Obama, but as a native Texan, I am one of the happiest people in the UNIVERSE right now!

  13. 13 Steve
    January 15, 2009 at 14:03

    Well, the police and the media were out in force this morning at the Foggy Bottom Metro station, presumably to have a “you are safe” feeling going around. My train pulled in, and I saw lots of media light and film crews and some high ranking police officer giving an interview, and some commuters were being interviewed, and they had police officers (not even Metro Police) standing every 15 feet apart. No other station I passed had any police in it on the platforms.

  14. 14 Moses Pila
    January 16, 2009 at 09:28

    I guess I am developing Obama fatigue. But it is apparent that unless I go into solitary confinement, I will surely not miss the inaugural fever no thanks to the deluge that will come from the global media.

    Moses Pila


  15. 15 Joe Polly
    January 17, 2009 at 13:42

    Instead of being done rare, this steak is overcooked.

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