Inauguration 2009: Final thoughts from Farley

Tim Farley

Tim Farley

Martinez resident and inveterate presidential politics junky Tim Farley (also the community and government affairs director for Saint Mary’s College in Moraga) sent these final words from Washington, D.C., where he took his teen-aged son, Vincent, and two of his son’s friends to the swearing-in ceremonies of Barack Obama:

We returned to D.C. on Wednesday. It was a different city. The Metro was easy, no lines and the pace was much slower. We were able to do some traditional tourist activities, the Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, The Smithsonian and so forth.


All the while city crews and contractors were breaking down the barricades, stacking temporary fencing, opening roads and sweeping up. I was able to focus on my surroundings. Washington was beautiful. Bright bunting was hung from most buildings, flags were everywhere. Big flags, huge flags, banner flags, all welcoming the new administration. The venders were selling their souvenirs, at cut rate prices.
I met my friend Marc, who lives and here, and he had a car. He was able to give us a brief spin around the city and a walk by the White House. The parade viewing stand was still up and blocked part of the view to the White house. The boys did not seem to mind. Peace activists from the Bay Area were there and for a change were not protesting. They were celebrating the new administration.

In the back ground you could here power tools humming, metal clanging as the cleanup process was in full swing. By Thursday morning the city should be back to normal.

Normal in DC is still sirens, motor cades, and security check points.

In Thursday Washington Post is a front page story discussing the plight of the purple tickets. Sen Feinstein, chair of the joint inaugural committee, is demanding an investigation in the the ticket fiasco.

While this trip had it’s share of frustrations and disappointments, adventures and even a fire, I am glad I was able to bring three curious young men to DC with me. I couldn’t help but laugh at many of the things they said, the innocent observations only teenagers would notice, the current expression and the constant texting to God only knows who.

God was with us on the trip, and so were you. I hope I did not bore you with these periodic up dates of our small lens on history. You comments and feedback to me were great and I appreciate your support. We’re off to Philadelphia today and back home on Friday. This should conclude the dispatches from DC. Since I only have two sons, and I have now taken both to DC, I think my trips to the inauguration may be over.

Remember, the Presidential inauguration is a function of the legislative branch, tickets are obtained from your member of congress or US Senator. If you are at all interested in coming to the 2013 inauguration, start planning now. While I hope it will be Obama’s second inauguration, four years is a long time. We need only look at Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush to see how quicky fortunes change in this town. But I do know that come January 20, 2013 at 12:00, someone will take the oath. You should watch it in person.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen