Sunday, January 18, 2009

Scenes from The Approaching Inauguration

A shop owner at Union Station has turned his entire store into an Obama memorabilia shop. I took this picture right after he closed last night at 11:00 PM. I don't think I have ever before seen the shop open any later than 7:00 PM. But the late night didn't seem to bother him. He was grinning from ear to ear.

Obama memorabilia is everywhere. A CVS store has so much, they started to just hang Obama t-shirts on magazine racks.

Fueling up at an Exxon station near Dupont Circle. It takes a lot of fuel to protect the power elite.

A lot.

A large presence of Military Police blocked traffic all around the White House area.

Outside the Old Executive Office Building, next to the White House.

Old wooden, three foot high, barriers are so yesterday. This 10 foot high fence is being installed around a major section of the Presidential parade route near the Treasury building and the White House.

Lots of fence still to go.

The number of portable johns behind the viewing stands is impressive. They go on for as far as the eye can see.

Across from the Old Executive Office Building, and a stones throw from the White House, the Corcoran Museum is showing Richard Avedon's Portraits of Power. I saw an armed military police soldier look up at the portraits and heard him say to his armed colleague, "I don't get it."

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