Alumna Blog: One in Two Million at the Inauguration
Sunday, January 18th
by Monisha Smith '04
Six of us woke up, grabbed some sandwiches and granola bars and headed to the Lincoln Memorial, for the We Are One Concert. I was receiving text messages from my friends stating that we were already late for a concert that started at 2.30 pm, yet it was only 10.30 am at the time.
Needless to say I ignored the text and set off on our journey.
We reached the Lincoln Memorial with little difficulty and much to our surprise found a pretty close spot. We were located on the right side of the reflecting pool more than halfway to the Lincoln Memorial. We had a view of the stage and the Jumbotron ... or so we thought. Our adrenaline was pumping with anticipation for this free concert featuring the greats like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Beyonce. I guess this adrenaline rush, was why we decided to remain standing. Finally, 2.30pm rolls around, and we realized that the longer we stood the closer to the front we were moving and the closer we got the less we could see. Standing at just less than 5'4", I realized my view of the concert was going to be of the man’s black jacket in front of me, but who cared! I was there with my friends singing "Bye Bye Miss American Pie" along with Garth Brooks. Then it happened, Barack Obama took the stage. A hush
fell over the audience, and for once a politician was received with more anticipation than the celebrities. I knew that this was just a glimpse of what would come on Tuesday.