LA Live: The Inauguration of Barack Obama, Our Report

There will only be a few times in my life when I can say that I saw true history in the making. Sure, we weren't shivering amongst millions who braved frigid temperatures to watch the inauguration live at Capitol Hill. In fact, in our t-shirts and jeans, we basked in the sweet California sunlight with a thousand other Angelenos today. One quick sweep of the crowd and you notice people from all walks of life - Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, young, old, and disabled - but this what you expect from LA and that is why we love it.

As Obama stated in his speech, "We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."

In these few moments of solidarity, we stood side by side with our fellow Americans, experiencing a dawn of a new era. A calling to "pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America." The speech didn't get thunderous applause and we didn't see anyone overjoyed with emotion. More important than that, we saw subtle nods, signs that people were taking in President Obama's words and thinking about what they could do to make this country better.

The crowd gathered at LA Live - facing Staples Center

The crowd gathered at LA Live - facing Nokia Theatre

Press was all over - from local news stations like KTLA to CNN.

Sam Ruben - KTLA 5 in the background

Eugene with Lisa Hernandez from ABC7. (We both got interviewed, maybe we made the news!)

Radio station 1070 asked me what I thought about Obama's speech

A spectacular way to experience history in the making.

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Comment by alice on January 21, 2009 at 12:18am
Thanks for the love peeps! Funny how you actually found the video clip, jU. :O
Comment by Annie on January 20, 2009 at 8:43pm
Go ALICE!!!! You did such an awesome job! Thanks panda for finding the clip =)
Comment by PANDA JU on January 20, 2009 at 6:38pm
LOL check out the dude hatin' on Eugene behind Lisa.
Comment by PANDA JU on January 20, 2009 at 6:37pm
You can see the video HERE.

Be patient - the player is super retarded. But Alice was brilliant!
Comment by alice on January 20, 2009 at 4:58pm
Haha! Funny. Tell your mom thanks for the compliment! I was's hard to come up with something to say on the spot. Me = not made for tv.
Comment by GLee on January 20, 2009 at 4:56pm
my mom saw you on channel 7! She said you were very articulate! :)
Comment by Eugene on January 20, 2009 at 3:56pm

Lisa Hernandez from KABC7 News was so sweet!
Comment by Eugene on January 20, 2009 at 3:34pm
Great recap!! It was so fun to experience history in the making with thousands of other Americans and Angelenos who really believe that we can change. Such a fun day, filled with joy, hope, and pride for our country.

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