Washington DC was the center of attention the world and for a second time for President Barack Obama! While there were fewer attendees and fewer balls, there was just as much fun and excitement throughout the city.
There were several unofficial balls and two official balls. Thousands attended events and joined in the celebration. As expected, several thousand also went down on the national mall to watch the swearing in ceremonies and presidential speech. The weekend ended with watching the President and First Lady share this special moment embraced on stage soaking in the magnitude of the day.
There were speeches and performances by many notables including Myrlie Evers Williams, Beyonce, James Taylor, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder. There were also performances by choirs, bands and other relative unknowns to give a regal event a personal flair.
This day was also had a historical focus. The 2013 Inauguration marked the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech on the mall. To emphasize the significance, President Obama used King’s bible for the swearing ceremony. It brings the dream that King spoke of full circle as the president holds two historical records for African Americans – the first African American to be elected and the first African American to serve two terms. It was also the 30th anniversary of the establishing of MLK day to celebrate King's birthday.
While this moment will live forever in history for all its great moments, the greatest victory is being alive to experience it…Again!
Written by Kennan Cooley, owner of Oasis Productions, a media, marketing, public relations and video production company.
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