FACULTY BLOG: Witnessing Inaugural Preps and Gathering in D.C. - Part II: Monday
January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19th
by Dr. Carla Eastis, Assistant Professor of Sociology
I have a leisurely morning with my friend and don't get to the Metro station till 11 a.m. The train is full — some people are standing — but not crowded. I get off at the Smithsonian station and ride the escalator to the surface. I hardly recognize this as the same place I was just 3 weeks ago on vacation!;
As far as I can see in either direction, towards the Capitol and back towards the Washington Monument, there are all kinds of structures up that aren't usually there — fencing between the sidewalks and the grassy middle of the Mall, the longest lines of port-a-potties I've ever seen, Jumbotron screens, speaker towers, AND temporary broadcasting set-ups for every network and cable news channel. Read more...