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  •  I read about your daughter in another piece (36+ / 0-)

    online this weekend.  Not sure if it was on DK or Huff Post or in the comments to the NYT or WAPO.  I will try to find it and e-mail it to you but I distinctly remember the author's description of your daughter beginning to cry and the crowd opening up for her.  It struck me not just as an act of caring and kindness but because I am her height (though much, much older) and began to feel crushed and almost suffocated at a couple of points in my journey towards the infamous Purple Gate.  At one point, I told the woman (stranger) next to me that I was beginning to have trouble breathing and she and several other people around us just put their elbows out to create an almost instantaneous protective barrier around me.  I would NEVER have ventured into a random public crowd of that size for any other event (concert, parade, etc.) but somehow I knew that we would all behave as we did during the campaign, and emulate the demeanor and spirit of our new president.  

    So glad that you all -- and especially your daughter -- had a great time!

    •  I don't handle crowds well (2+ / 0-)
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      so that was one reason I didn't go down...but I also knew that Obama crowds really would be kind crowds fulll of joy and caring.

      I was so sad to read about the bungled blue/purple ticket mess and the "tunnel of doom"

      We have a field organizer here that was so excited to go to DC for the ceremony, and he got caught in that mess...he managed to escape (he was still a couple of blocks away!!!!) but managed to find a bar with TV sets so he was a) warm and b) able to watch but I really am sad that people that worked hard to get Obama elected wound up missing out on his swearing in.  Another one of our super-volunteers was stuck in the tunnel and missed everything but the cold and frustration.

      I suppose with unprecedented crowds, there would be problems, but these seemed really unnecessary.  They should not have happened.

      Sorry you got stuck there, but still, you were a part of history in your own way.

      •  I was, by the way, one of the lucky ones (0+ / 0-)

        who got in. At the very last minute, but in nevertheless.  So sorry that you were not there.  For some reason -- something that I read here? -- I had thought that you were coming.  


    •  I had the same memory (0+ / 0-)

      This story was described here on DKos in a diary titled something about Inauguration Day acts of kindness.

    •  The other piece about the young girl getting (1+ / 0-)
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      scared and people making space for her was here on DKos.  I haven't been able to find the diary, but I know I read it here.  That's neat, because it means that when Thunder Road's daughter needed support, at least one of the people who responded was a fellow Kossack.

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