On Inauguration Day, as Jeff and I sat on the packed metro, riding in to DC, in front of us were two disheveled young women with uncombed hair, mud spattered boots and torn jeans holding grease stained pizza boxes with 'F**k Trump" written in black marker pen. Directly opposite them sat a smart young man in a black raincoat wearing his red Trump baseball cap and clutching a professionally printed Trump/Pence sign. 'Here we go', I thought to myself. But there were no underhand comments, no disparaging glares, just an acceptance that we were all going to the same event and were on different sides.
away from the protesters is here. You can see me at the back of the crowd, just to the left of his face, and then I appear briefly on the left side. I left immediately afterwards as it got quite rowdy once he'd been ejected from the crowd.
After the crowd had quietened down we started walking away, to grab a ride on the Metro before the masses swarmed on the trains.
Jackie Evancho started singing the National Anthem. At only 16, she had the voice of an angel, reaching clearly to everyone around. Not one person was moving as the notes soared true over The Mall, all of us spellbound by her performance. Hands were placed over hearts, soldiers saluted and everyone had a ramrod stiff back, it was an impressive sight. Applause thundered across the crowds as she finished and folks moved about once more.
Who knows how this presidency will turn out? The country is so divided with this election that it's been frightening to witness how volatile people have become. Many of my friends oppose this new leader but some are enthusiastic. I'm divided, I see good and bad in this man. I can only hope and hold my breath, like so many others, that we emerge strong and respectable from this. I spoke with many intelligent people while in the security lines, people who spoke well and with trust that America will indeed be great again. This had been an exciting and perspicacious day, but I was glad to escape the city, and leave the crowds behind. I was looking forward to the peace at Meadow House.