I’m fortunate enough to say that this is my third time in Washington D.C. The first experience came from the typical eighth grade spring break trip. Unfortunately all I remember is being paraded around the city with 24 other students while we all complained about how many stops our tour bus had to make. Oh yeah, my mom, who I love dearly, was chaperone numero uno. I feel guilty that my parents paid for something that I truly had no appreciation for at the time. My second trip came a week after I graduated high school. I saw many attractions including the National WWII Memorial. But I didn’t come to Washington for Washington; I came to attend a concert by Christian artist Chris Rice. I paid for my trip and completely underestimated the cost leaving me with zero dollars to do anything else.
They say the third time’s a charm, and this time they were right. Not only do I have the opportunity to experience Washington D.C. for a third time, but I get to be here during one of the most historical presidential inaugurations in history! How ridiculous is that? I know it’s a big deal because all my friends are now jealous and envious of me.
My headline speaks for itself in saying this has honestly been an awe-inspiring experience. Walking through the streets of D.C. creates a feeling of greatness that I will never be able to describe. Yes, I voted for Obama and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. It’s exciting and exhilarating to walk among the masses in support of one cause; a greater America. What’s even more spectacular is the fact that I know my vote made a difference. Last January Time magazine reported numbers on the first caucuses sharing proof that my generation was ready make our mark. “The youngest slice — the under-25 set, typically among the most elusive voters in all of politics — gave Obama a net gain of some 17,000 votes,” David von Drehle said. “He won by just under 20,000.”
Although I most likely won’t be able to see anything up close, I will be among the masses… and I can’t wait another minute.
Check out a blog post written by Jim Brady of the Spokesman-Review. It includes comments from Jasmine Linabary and a photo I took the day before the inauguration. Not the best quality. But hey, I e-mailed it from my cell phone.