I live in what some call, “the most conservative district in the country’. District 1 in N. W. Florida. Being a democrat (and one in who is actively involved in politics), this can be interesting, to say the least. Nevertheless, my wife and I attended the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama. Being an African-American man, this is an event that has tremendous meaning for me. Seeing America’s first African-American president inaugurated for the second time, instills a sense of pride on a level that is difficult to put into words. I am a child born in the 60’s, three years after the Civil Rights Act was passed. I didn’t experience the riots and the water hoses, however, the attitudes of pre-civil rights America were alive and well in the this country when I was growing up. The fact that an African-American was elected during my lifetime was overwhelming to me. To witness his re-election was…WHOA!!! And then to be present at his inauguration was beyond comprehension for me. Despite the viscous partisanship currently in our nation, I must say, on this day, I was a proud, African-American Democrat!
The crowd was mixed with all races of people. The mood was jovial and light. People were smiling and hugging. I was something to witness!
We were not by any means close to the front, despite having an invitation, however, we were no where near the area designated for those without an invitation. While I have several images of our president taken from the jumbo tron, I haven’t decided if I’ll post them yet. Here are a few of the images captured during our adventure.