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Sunday, January 11, 2009

One Week Left

I've been selected to cover the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC on January 20th with a group of other journalism students from Emerson. It should be the experience of a lifetime, especially for a political junkie like myself. We will be under the supervision of former ABC World News anchor Carole Simpson.

We will be on the rails next Sunday (6:40 am). We'll be scattered around the city and the surrounding neighborhoods through the 22nd. I'll be staying in Arlington, VA with the brother of one of the other students going.

Being an eyewitness to the historic swearing in of Barack Obama is going to be very exciting. I think it will stir a great deal of emotion, patriotism and hope in myself and in all of those crammed onto the National Mall. It will undoubtedly be one of those rare moments in history where people will remember exactly where they were and what they were doing. But unlike those earlier events, most of which were negative (Pearl Harbor, JFK's assassination, 9/11) this one day will mark a positive change in our society. A moment that will move us all closer to a more perfect Union.


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