LA Live: The Inauguration of Barack Obama, Our Report

There will only be a few times in my life when I can say that I saw true history in the making. Sure, we weren’t shivering amongst millions who braved frigid temperatures to watch the inauguration live at Capitol Hill. In fact, in our t-shirts and jeans, we basked in the sweet California sunlight with a thousand other Angelenos today. One quick sweep of the crowd and you notice people from all walks of life – Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, young, old, and disabled – but this what you expect from LA and that is why we love it. As Obama stated in his speech, “We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.” In these few moments of solidarity, we stood side by side with our fellow Americans, experiencing a dawn of a new era. A calling to “pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” The speech didn’t get thunderous applause and we didn’t see anyone overjoyed with emotion. More important than that, we saw subtle nods, signs that people were taking in President Obama’s words and thinking about what they could do to make this country better.

The crowd gathered at LA Live – facing Staples Center

The crowd gathered at LA Live – facing Nokia Theatre

Press was all over – from local news stations like KTLA to CNN.

Sam Ruben – KTLA 5 in the background

Eugene with Lisa Hernandez from ABC7. (We both got interviewed, maybe we made the news!)

Radio station 1070 asked me what I thought about Obama’s speech

A spectacular way to experience history in the making.

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