Aretha's Hat, and Everything

No one remembers the Purple Gate. Thousands of people traveled across the country and stood in freezing temperatures holding the tickets issued by their congresspeople, only to be denied entry to the 56th Inauguration of the President of the United States of America. The reason no one remembers the Purple Gate is that none of those cold people got angry: They were so happy to be there, they didn’t even care. That’s how it went over the course of the proudest day in this nation’s history: Jubilation, tears of joy, and the snapping of many, many, many, many, many pictures. Some of those photos, taken by local inaguration attendees (hopefully, none of the contributors here were Purple Gaters), are on exhibit at “One Year Later: A Community Photographic Exhibit of the 56th Inauguration.” Remember when we all danced in the streets? No matter how you feel about President Obama right now, why forget that fine day last January when “Yes We Did?”
Jan. 26-March 21, 2010

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