|On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial|
I also made a cameo in two additional videos.
The first was a Video on Recycling and the second discussed Remaining on the Mall after the Inauguration.
|Me with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar|
By far the most exciting part of my job in the days leading up to the Inauguration came on Saturday, January 19. The President had declared a National Day of Service on that day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Projects were done around the country including on the National Mall. One of those projects was to lay out new mulch at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Since it was happening in DC and had such clear connections to the reason for the event, the Superintendent of the National Mall came out to make an appearance. He was joined by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. If you don't know, he is second only to the President himself as my ultimate boss, which made having the chance to photograph him especially exciting. When he arrived at the memorial I happened to see him getting out of the SUV and was closer than anyone else so took it upon myself to approach and welcome him. I shook his hand and spoke to him briefly just before one of my colleagues snapped the picture above.
|A 2013 Flag is raised as Jimmy Carter arrives|
Flags hung from every lamp post and from many of the buildings.
People were out on the rooftops of many of the surrounding buildings. These viewers were not alone. They were joined by Secret Service agents with huge binoculars and sniper rifles on the roofs of nearly every building on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue.
My Mom actually saw me taking pictures of the POTUS during the CBS coverage of the parade.
It was easier to get the Vice President as the security was much less oppressive.
It was a very special day, which will rank amongst the most memorable in my Park Service career. It was especially fun because it happened on Martin Luther King Day, exactly three years after I so memorably ended up giving a special program on Dr. King to More than 500 People at the Lincoln Memorial.
For more of images from the Inauguration take a look at this album of My Inauguration Pictures.
You can also find many of my pictures featured on the National Mall Facebook Page.
My images are featured most prominently in the album of the Inaugural Parade (since I was the only one on the parade route), but you will also find them in the albums of People Arriving on the Mall and of the Swearing-In Ceremony itself.
|The Inauguration Web and Social Media Team|