Ongoing Inauguration Day coverage, with West Seattle photos

January 20, 2009 at 8:28 am | In 2009 Inauguration, West Seattle people, West Seattle video | 12 Comments

(Will be updated with more photos/video from West Seattleites, as we get them)

Click the player to watch MSNBC ongoing Inauguration Day coverage live right now. (The Inauguration page also has a Hulu player where FOX coverage is streaming. To watch the live Twitter feed, go here.)

To see the new look of the official WhiteHouse.gov presidential website, go here. Here’s a notable excerpt from the first entry on its “blog”:

One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

We’ll add local photos/video of inauguration-watching moments as we get them. Here’s the Chelan Cafe, from Bob Loblaw:

Here’s the swearing-in, as watched and cheered by the West Seattle Democratic Women’s breakfast gathering at the WS Golf Course:

From Alki, this photo of Michael Adams‘ party:

(Michael’s caption: From left, Rachelle Kauffman, Estevan Mazariegos, Michael Adams, Alex Siao, Ryan Trail, Lacey Watson. Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes, apple smoked bacon, scrambled eggs w/ green onions, buttermilk toast and Mimosas! Michael & Ryan’s place- photo by Rachelle Kauffman)
As we post this, the inaugural lunch is kicking off (10:33 am PT) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein just mentioned the population of the recipe page on the inaugural website; the site seems to be overloaded at the moment but if you want to try it later, here’s the link.

(Added 11:23 am) Molly sent this video clip of her inauguration decorations:

(Added 12:55 pm) Paul Dieter sent this video shot while watching at Seattle Center with a group from The Center School (a Seattle Public Schools high school attended by more than a few West Seattleites):

(Added 1:21 pm) Cami McNamara from Alki sends this clip from where she watched this morning’s historic events — The Paramount Theater downtown:

Here’s Cami (right) with Jackie Ramels (Alki resident who chairs the city Parks Board):

And the Paramount marquee:

(added 1:30 pm) Kathleen from Highland Park sends more photos from the Chelan Cafe by The Bridge:

I just returned from a fantastic inauguration breakfast at the Chelan cafe. About 15 or so people sat and ate comfortably in the Ebb Tide Room watching the inauguration on 4 large plasma TVs. The atmosphere was festive including decorations, inauguration food specials, and just a general feeling of a small slice of the community coming together to share their happiness and joy. The owners (1st pic) couldn’t have been more hospitable! A great morning!

(added 3:55 pm) Barbara watched the ceremonies at Town Hall downtown:

(added 8:05 pm) From Arbor Heights, this group watched the inauguration together: Melissa, Tappi, Derek, Jake, and Maria:

(added 8:16 pm) Two sets of Obama cupcakes – first one from Trophy Cupcakes, photo sent by Lisa; second photo from Emily:

Got an Inauguration Day photo? We’ll add to this, for the record, till they stop coming in; editor@westseattleblog.com – we also will report separately on other events later today including two West Seattle schools where students will talk by phone with Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, who’s in DC, and some of tonight’s West Seattle celebrations.

Meantime, click ahead to read a poem just sent by West Seattle poet Carol Smith:

Best Wishes

Now that you’re finally President
And brand new White House Resident
We’re confident you’ll right this boat
But only if you stay afloat

May you be strong enough and wise
To see the greed in others eyes
Who’ll promise gain and power so
You’ll venture where you should not go

May you face any type of threat
With wisdom so you don’t regret
Committing to a global deed
On facts designed to just mislead

May you try hard to keep your smile
When those who sit across the aisle
Confuse and complicate the mix
With their divisive bag of tricks

May anyone who you decide
Should always be close by your side
Prove in the end, they can full well
Resist the chance to kiss and tell

Then lastly, when the short straw’s drawn,
Your hand’s the one it rests upon
The sky may fall down from its place
But may you lead us all with grace

12 Comments

  1. thanks for supporting a “local” national news organization….msnbc.com, based out of Redmond!

    Comment by K — 8:32 am January 20, 2009 #

  2. yeah, I tried CNN and it wouldn’t work. MSNBC streamed right away! Watching MSNBC with the sound off and NPR on. Steve Inskeep sounds like a little kid he’s so excited. :D

    Comment by JenV — 8:34 am January 20, 2009 #

  3. of course! And in fact, the founder of one of our fellow Seattle neighborhood-online-news organizations, MyBallard.com, works there (business-development director Cory Bergman), so it’s a doubly good choice :)

    Comment by WSB — 8:36 am January 20, 2009 #

  4. Yeah MSNBC rocked it – as well as NPR on the radio! CNN is overloaded and does not even load at this point. Way to go OBAMA!

    Comment by rockergirl — 9:34 am January 20, 2009 #

  5. I wonder how much Michelle’s dress cost?

    All’s fair……..but I doubt the media will mention the price tag.

    Comment by Smitty — 9:42 am January 20, 2009 #

  6. Smitty, I doubt it cost as much as Laura’s dress today, or Cindy McCain’s dress a few months ago, or Sarah Failin’s wardrobe. And does it REALLY matter?

    Comment by JenV — 10:36 am January 20, 2009 #

  7. can’t find a cost reference – the dress wasn’t announced ahead of time – but I bet you’ll find it in a link later on this search
    http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&nolr=1&q=michelle+obama+dress&btnG=Search

    Comment by WSB — 10:54 am January 20, 2009 #

  8. JenV, that’s the point.

    Had it been Cindy or Sarah we WOULD have known the price tag – and NO it doesn’t really matter – which is also the point.

    Comment by Smitty — 12:49 pm January 20, 2009 #

  9. I really enjoy Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog. I had no idea he lived in west seattle.

    Comment by Barry Zuckerkorn — 3:10 pm January 20, 2009 #

  10. FWIW, the price has been published – $1500.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/fashion/2009/01/20/2009-01-20_michelle_obama_wears_1500_isabel_toledo_-1.html

    Comment by WSB — 3:53 pm January 20, 2009 #

  11. Smitty, if you need representation in your fight against the Liberal Media Elite, you know where to find me. I wouldn’t stand for the way that they deliberately and knowingly sabotaged your blog comment by eventually quoting the price on the dress.

    Comment by Barry Zuckerkorn — 4:07 pm January 20, 2009 #

  12. Note that the story is time-stamped 12:34 pm our time … so I should have found that sooner, but we’ve both been out the past couple hours shooting inauguration/MLK-related school events (reports to come) …

    Comment by WSB — 4:13 pm January 20, 2009 #

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