Who's going to the Presidential Inauguration?

I don't think I'd want to take a 2-year old to something that's going to be that crowded. My nephew is 2 and I don't really see him enjoying that.
Originally Posted by Peppy

But!!! He's totally going to remember it!!!
I don't think I'd want to take a 2-year old to something that's going to be that crowded. My nephew is 2 and I don't really see him enjoying that.
Originally Posted by Peppy

But!!! He's totally going to remember it!!!
Originally Posted by M2LR

Well, he'll see pictures and maybe he'll think it's cool that he was there, even if he doesn't remember it.

It's *me* that wouldn't want to drag a toddler through a crowd like that. Without a stroller or a diaper bag? No thanks.
I don't think I'd want to take a 2-year old to something that's going to be that crowded. My nephew is 2 and I don't really see him enjoying that.
Originally Posted by Peppy

But!!! He's totally going to remember it!!!
Originally Posted by M2LR

Well, he'll see pictures and maybe he'll think it's cool that he was there, even if he doesn't remember it.

It's *me* that wouldn't want to drag a toddler through a crowd like that. Without a stroller or a diaper bag? No thanks.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree that seeing the pictures and thinking it's cool is one thing, but the magnitude of what it all actually means is totally different. I mean, I can explain to my 6 year old what it means until I am blue in the face but I am gathering that your 20-something year old will understand it better.

I COMPLETELY agree about taking a toddler. I can only imagine what mine would be like there. NO WAY. Mommy is taking a few days off/away, and leave it at that. She'd be fine at home with dad.
I don't think I'd want to take a 2-year old to something that's going to be that crowded. My nephew is 2 and I don't really see him enjoying that.
Originally Posted by Peppy

But!!! He's totally going to remember it!!!
Originally Posted by M2LR
He's only going to be 18 months, but this is a very important moment for us, and I think it is important that he see it and be a part of it even if it he only remembers it through pictures and video. He is very sociable and likes being out and about so I don't think it will be a problem.
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I don't think I'd want to take a 2-year old to something that's going to be that crowded. My nephew is 2 and I don't really see him enjoying that.
Originally Posted by Peppy

But!!! He's totally going to remember it!!!
Originally Posted by M2LR

Well, he'll see pictures and maybe he'll think it's cool that he was there, even if he doesn't remember it.

It's *me* that wouldn't want to drag a toddler through a crowd like that. Without a stroller or a diaper bag? No thanks.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Well, that does kind of suck, but I can wear him, and carry diapers in my pocket.
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But!!! He's totally going to remember it!!!
Originally Posted by M2LR

Well, he'll see pictures and maybe he'll think it's cool that he was there, even if he doesn't remember it.

It's *me* that wouldn't want to drag a toddler through a crowd like that. Without a stroller or a diaper bag? No thanks.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree that seeing the pictures and thinking it's cool is one thing, but the magnitude of what it all actually means is totally different. I mean, I can explain to my 6 year old what it means until I am blue in the face but I am gathering that your 20-something year old will understand it better.

I COMPLETELY agree about taking a toddler. I can only imagine what mine would be like there. NO WAY. Mommy is taking a few days off/away, and leave it at that. She'd be fine at home with dad.
Originally Posted by M2LR
Well, I'm not leaving a breast feeding baby at home. And I probably wouldn't go if I didn't have a child.
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My organizational leadership class meets that night, so they have an extra credit opportunity if they watch the inauguration and can report on it. That's the closest I'm getting.

MIL lives in Bethesda and works in DC, close to the White House. She's staying home that day. With all of the security, she'd rather stay in bed.
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Why would a Canadian want to go to an American inauguration? You're welcome to show up if you want to, but it doesn't make sense to me.
Why would a Canadian want to go to an American inauguration? You're welcome to show up if you want to, but it doesn't make sense to me.
Originally Posted by tantrum
It doesn't make sense to you that the whole world, including your closest neighbour and biggest trading partner, sees this as an historic event that will very much affect their lives and has a lot of meaning?

Plus for me, having a Black President of the US is huge and I feel will open a lot of doors for myself and my son in our futures. It has already inspired me to want to make changes in my world and I think, as OBB said in this thread, being there is almost as huge a moment for Black people, and for others, as being at the March on Washington and I don't want to miss it - I want to look back and say that I was there and so was my son. Like it or not, the state of Black people everywhere in the world is closely tied to the state of American Black people, and while Obama's election will not change racism overnight, the psychological impact of it is huge. You know there are tons of calypso, reggae etc. songs about him by Caribbean artists? There were front-page stories about the election in newspapers in majority Black countries around the world?

And in my case, I do have close ties to the US - studied and lived there, have a lot of friends and family there, go there a few times a year still, and my ultimate goal is to live there again.
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Amneris...do you have dual citizenship? just curious
I couldn't take my kid, but then I'm a wimp..lol
Plus, I don't like crowds...have fun!
Amneris...do you have dual citizenship? just curious
I couldn't take my kid, but then I'm a wimp..lol
Originally Posted by WileECoyote - Daddy's grl
I don't have US citizenship, if that's what you're asking. I have UK/EU, T&T, and Canadian citizenships.

Maybe I'm being optimistic and it will bite me in the butt, but I've travelled with JJ before and it's been fine - he travels well and is very adaptable. I know other people who travel with little ones - it can be done! I'm going to do something I don't do usually though - get reins for him so if he wants to walk I can keep him close.
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I'm going to do something I don't do usually though - get reins for him so if he wants to walk I can keep him close.
I do not blame you on that one. I imagine CROWDS, y'know? In my mind, Mardi Gras with sober people.
I read an NPR article last night that said they were expecting as many as FOUR MILLION PEOPLE in DC on the 20th. I plan on being one of them.

And, much as I loathe to see people put their kids on leashes at the grocery store or the mall, I can certainly understand that kind of thing for THIS kind of thing.
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I'm going to do something I don't do usually though - get reins for him so if he wants to walk I can keep him close.
I do not blame you on that one. I imagine CROWDS, y'know? In my mind, Mardi Gras with sober people.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
Bars are staying open either 24 hours or until 4am. Many people are viewing this whole event as a massive party. I hear the city is expecting the type of drunken rioting that occurs when the Red Sox win the world series. I would be particularly careful with a toddler.
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Well, he'll see pictures and maybe he'll think it's cool that he was there, even if he doesn't remember it.

It's *me* that wouldn't want to drag a toddler through a crowd like that. Without a stroller or a diaper bag? No thanks.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree that seeing the pictures and thinking it's cool is one thing, but the magnitude of what it all actually means is totally different. I mean, I can explain to my 6 year old what it means until I am blue in the face but I am gathering that your 20-something year old will understand it better.

I COMPLETELY agree about taking a toddler. I can only imagine what mine would be like there. NO WAY. Mommy is taking a few days off/away, and leave it at that. She'd be fine at home with dad.
Originally Posted by M2LR
Well, I'm not leaving a breast feeding baby at home. And I probably wouldn't go if I didn't have a child.
Originally Posted by Amneris
my mother took me to the march on washington in a stroller. since i was a baby, i have no memory of it, obviously. but i think it's really cool that i was there. i'm glad that she was willing to brave the crowds with a baby. i'm proud that i was there.
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I don't think I'd want to take a 2-year old to something that's going to be that crowded. My nephew is 2 and I don't really see him enjoying that.
Originally Posted by Peppy

But!!! He's totally going to remember it!!!
Originally Posted by M2LR
He's only going to be 18 months, but this is a very important moment for us, and I think it is important that he see it and be a part of it even if it he only remembers it through pictures and video. He is very sociable and likes being out and about so I don't think it will be a problem.
Originally Posted by Amneris
I think it's really cool. Personally I might not because I'm a bit selfish and I'd want to enjoy it more myself but if I saw a pic of myself as a child at a moment like that, I'd be grateful.
Eh... I think you'll be fine taking him with you Amneris. Just imagine how many other people are going to be there with their families, children, babies...

You won't be public enemy #1 with your baby strapped on your back... you'll probably be one in a couple hundred thousand!

I would bring my kid if I had one.

And that's so cool journotraveler! My mom took my sister and I to the Berlin wall a few weeks after it opened and we were just over a year old. We have pictures and a big hunk of the wall to "remember" the experience.

I think it's cool when parents try to get their kids involved in important historical events. It's nice just to be able to say you were there. Staying home is for lame-o's!!


Amneris...do you have dual citizenship? just curious
I couldn't take my kid, but then I'm a wimp..lol
Originally Posted by WileECoyote - Daddy's grl
I don't have US citizenship, if that's what you're asking. I have UK/EU, T&T, and Canadian citizenships.

Maybe I'm being optimistic and it will bite me in the butt, but I've travelled with JJ before and it's been fine - he travels well and is very adaptable. I know other people who travel with little ones - it can be done! I'm going to do something I don't do usually though - get reins for him so if he wants to walk I can keep him close.
Originally Posted by Amneris
I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
If you have excellent connections you can easily get tickets to balls.

A coworker is going with her sister, and they have tickets to at least one of them. This coworker used to work in a former governor's office.

I'm not going. I'll probably have to watch it on the news later that evening.
Originally Posted by curlyarca

With "excellent connections", one can "easily" do just about anything. I think the poster was asking how regular unconnected people can go...
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I see. How do regular, unconnected people get tickets?
Originally Posted by curlyarca
Some of the balls are fundraisers for the DNC and you can purchase tickets....but they are NOT cheap....$400-$1000 a ticket. I would suggest contacting your senator or represenative. They get tickets to all the balls and usually, if they aren't attending, they will pass then on to staffers, and some of the tickets do filter on down to constituents.

The two balls that I'm going to..one is with a friend that works for a Senator, the other is with my BF who works for one of the Washington news bureaus.
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I'm going to do something I don't do usually though - get reins for him so if he wants to walk I can keep him close.
I do not blame you on that one. I imagine CROWDS, y'know? In my mind, Mardi Gras with sober people.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
Bars are staying open either 24 hours or until 4am. Many people are viewing this whole event as a massive party. I hear the city is expecting the type of drunken rioting that occurs when the Red Sox win the world series. I would be particularly careful with a toddler.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Orginally, the city council approved "last call" for 5am....that was until some of the Congressmen/women put in thier two cents. Now, city council has revised it to 4am. Restaurants are allowed to remain open 24-7 from 1/16-1/22 i believe...but they can't serve alcohol after 5am.

Amneris i think its great that you are bringing your son!!! You certainly won't be the only one (my sister is driving up from ATL with my neice who is 3 and my nephew who is 7) and all of my other family and friends that have kids are bringing them as well. I will tell you like I told all of them...I don't want you to kid yourself....they are expecting upwards of 5 million people in DC that weekend. The parade and ceremony should be peaceful enough, but I wouldn't take the kids out until the city clears out a bit...this is def not the time to get all "tourist" and try to see all the monuments and stuff. Go to the ceremony/parade and then go home (or back to your family's house...lol).
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