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Dispatch From D.C.: Easy Like Sunday Morning

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jan 18, 2009 7:00PM

It was a cloudy Sunday morning, but with temps in the mid 30s, it feels downright tropical. With the "We Are One" Opening Ceremony/Concert looming in the afternoon, we decided to venture down to the Capitol Building and scope out the scene. With a cup of coffee in hand, we bounded past the Russell Senate Building where we picked up some credentials (no sign of Burris) and checked out the stage at the Capitol for Tuesday's inauguration. Sure, it looks simple now, with simply thousands of empty folding chairs fanned out in front of the large stage and bleacher section, but we know millions of people will be spilling into the Mall area 48 hours from now. The atmosphere of people milling about was relaxed yet excited, if such a thing is imaginable. Groups of people wandered around, taking it all in, moving from movements of rapid chatter to silent awe. After poking around a bit and wondering if there could ever be such a thing as too many portapotties, we took off but look forward to returning Tuesday morning. Next up, a party with our friends Bruce, Bono, Beyonce, and Barack.