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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Inauguration of Barack Obama

I wanted to share some of the more fantastic photos and websites that documented the day, especially since I didn't really get any great shots of my own. The video of his speech can be seen here and I'll be buying a full DVD when it's out.

The shot is really neat because it's the first time this angle has every been captured. It was done by putting a camera on a remote mechanical arm that sat at the front of the podium with the other equipment.

Another set of wonderful photos can be found here at The Big Picture. The photos showing people around the world watching are pretty neat too. I loved Michelle's outfit and especially her green shoes. It was great to see them out walking down Pennsylvania Avenue & I wish we'd have had the energy to wander over to the parade route after the inauguration.

Another one of the most amazing photos is this ENORMOUS panorama composed of 220 separate images stitched together. You can check out the original here and zoom in to see some amazing details. People have been having fun spotting celebrities and other shenanigans going on in the crowd. Can you find Clarance Thomas asleep?

This image provided by GeoEye Satellite Image shows Washington D.C.'s National Mall and the United States Capitol (top), in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 taken at 11:19AM EDT during the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The image, taken through high, wispy white clouds, shows the masses of people between the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

You can see a nice collection of newspaper covers from around the world here. I collected a few magazines and a few newspapers from DC on the morning after the inauguration.

I'm especially excited that one of the first executive orders Obama issued with closure of Gitmo within one year and the reigning in of various forms of "enhanced interrogation" techniques that the government has been using to torture people.

I'm so excited about what President Obama will mean for so many people around the world and for the interest he has been able to generate among young people throughout our country to care about politics again and become engaged in civics.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Off to Phoenix today, with a scenic and frosty drive up to Flagstaff.


Dennis the Vizsla said...

Those are some amazing shots, especially the aerial. Look at all the people!

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