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Last weekend took me away from talking with you. Leaving Michigan I met up with my sister in Indiana and we trekked to
Washington, D.C., for the inaugural festivities. Her son was marching in the Parade so we had some good connections for parties and lodging. Who could resist being part of this historic occasion?
Among other things we visited the Mall (full of smiling happy people), the
Freer Gallery, spent an hour in line to view the iconic
Shepard Fairey original poster of
Barack Obama at the
National Portrait Gallery. The museum was mobbed, all the galleries full of people including the very cool Lincoln room.
After reporting on the
Manifest Hope exhibit since July in these blogs we had to go to Georgetown to view that show. Again...long lines, wrapped around the block to get in! Is this good news when the galleries are full to bursting.
The
Manifest Hope: DC Gallery celebrates the artists across the nation who used their voices to amplify and motivate the grass root movement and carried President Barack Obama to victory. It was full of images of Obama in all media and it was packed with people who had come to see them.
There is an interesting discussion on where the photo came from that Shepard Fairey used as the basis of his image of Barack Obama, was it okay or was it plaigiarism? Thanks to
Duke Klassen at the
NAIA Forum for sending this link:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-sto...t-famous-photo/ Getting up in the dark and walking through the dark to the Metro station at 6:30 am as part of a growing group of
people came out of houses and joined us on the street was magical. Dark, cold and quiet, yet once inside the Metro there were huge groups of people and the excitement was building. We had a good vantage point from inside, out of the cold, but after the motorcade had passed through the crowds dissipated and we could reach Pennsylvania Avenue and cheer for the parade. Wish you could have been there, so much good will and happy people meant good spirits for all. We talked with strangers from all over the country, laughed and danced. How can we keep this good feeling going?

P.S. The only celebrity sitings were David Arquette, who was in line with us to view the Fairey print at the Portrait Gallery and Garrison Keillor who we ran right into at the Parade. Also we saw Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow at the Michigan reception where I welcomed my brand new congressman, Mark Schauer, to his new job.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on January 23, 2009 at 3:39pm
I just found a blog at the Washington Post with some much better photos of the Manifest Hope exhibit: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/achenblog/2009/01/obama_art_show.html
Comment by Connie Mettler on January 23, 2009 at 3:43pm
AND here's another cool blog entry, comparing Obama to earlier Roman emperors. Is Obama the new Lincoln, or the new FDR, or the old Septimius Severus? Interesting comparisons at: http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/2009/01/mary_beard_on_obamas...

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