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After debating the pros and cons of hitting D.C. for the inauguration, I finally got inspired, copped some purple and headed to the nation's capitol to witness history up close. I'm glad I went. The crowds were of such titanic proportions that I stayed on stampede-alert for the trip's duration. But there was a collective excitement of ushering in a new era of modern America that had me drinking like a young Bush. On the day of the inauguration, I woke-up at an ungodly hour to join the throngs of Obama supporters on the National Mall. There were more law enforcement agents in the area than police in Manhattan, all of whom had their own renegade plans for crowd control. Although there was genuine excitement for the impending ceremony, I can't lie - the cold had me briefly questioning my level of sanity for standing on concrete ice for two hours. But after Obama recited the suspiciously inaccurate oath, the crowd erupted into a howling frenzy traditionally reserved for game-winning goals at the World Cup. Chills went down my spine, arms went up in the air, and a new era had officially begun. Here's some footage from the trip, including a little bit of Common's performance at Love:
5. HIT THE BARS
• You could just keep it simple and get plastered in some grimey hole-in-the wall before chanting "U-S-A!" when Obama hits the stage. There's also the more sophisticated lounge option. If you're in NYC, the famous promoter, Roxy Cottontail, is hosting a celebration.
4. ATTEND A FUNDRAISER
• Ah yes, the fundraiser. A feel-good way of contributing to the spirit of positivity while getting a complimentary cocktail. I think it's only appropriate to help raise money for a cause while watching Obama spend the $27 million he raised for his inauguration.
3. HIT UP A CONCERT
• Humans love to watch someone on a stage remind them that they're experiencing a profound moment in history. Even though there's some decent shows throughout the country on Jan 20th, I can't front. The hip-hop related events in D.C. alone make Summer Jam seem like the Bowery Poetry Club.
2. GO TO A STRIP CLUB
• Not much is better than getting a lap dance while watching Bush get evicted. Word on the street is that the disillusioned GOP faithful are heading to Las Vegas to drink away their sorrows and spend holiday bonuses at the Bunny Ranch.
1.STAY HOME AND SIT ON YOUR COMPUTER
• For the socially inept or fiscally pragmatic there is always the virtual approach. It's good to know that CNN and Facebook aren't being excluded while everyone else cashes in on "being part of history".