Video: Students Reflect on Chaotic Inauguration Day

January 21, 2009 · Comments Off 

Several SMU students were among thousands of ticket-holders who were turned away from Tuesday’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C. In this webcam interview with SMU-TV, Lizzie Brubaker describes her Inauguration Day experience. (The interview begins at the 1:48 mark.) Jia Thomas also shot video footage of a frustrated crowd chanting “Let us in!”

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Reagan National Airport Jammed with Post-Inaugural Travelers

January 21, 2009 · Comments Off 

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Posted by Caitlin Myers, 9:10 a.m. CST

Update from Reagan National Airport: Lines are out the door for some airlines. Everyone is trying to get out of the city ASAP. Luckily, US Airways isn’t too bad.

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Daily Campus Inaugural Coverage

January 21, 2009 · Comments Off 

Meredith Shamburger of the Daily Campus filed a story and column from Tuesday’s inaugural festivities. Other Daily Campus coverage includes a story about SMU students gathering at Hughes-Trigg to watch the inauguration and a guest column by Daily Mustang managing editor Caitlin Myers.

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Full Circle: Student Gets a Glimpse of Obama’s Motorcade

January 21, 2009 · 3 Comments 

Posted by Lizzie Brubaker, 7:18 a.m. CST

The journey has truly come full circle for me. I worked at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last summer, where I watched the first African-American accept the nomination to run as the Democratic presidential candidate. And yesterday, I was here in D.C. to watch Obama be sworn in as the 44th president. While I wasn’t on the mall, I was fortunate enough to see him and his motorcade race down 14th Street last night in between inaugural balls.

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Video: Inauguration Day Insanity

January 21, 2009 · 1 Comment 

The Daily Mustang’s Jia Thomas was among thousands of ticket holders who were turned away from Tuesday’s overbooked inaugural ceremonies. In this video footage, a frustrated crowd chants, “Let us in!” Jia also reflects on her Inauguration Day experience in a blog post.

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Student Checks in From D.C. in Webcam Interview

January 20, 2009 · Comments Off 

Journalism student Lizzie Brubaker checked in for a webcam interview from D.C. early Tuesday morning with SMU-TV’s Daily Update. (The interview begins at the 2:50 mark.) Check back Wednesday afternoon for a wrap-up interview with Lizzie.

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During Parade, Real Excitement To Be Found Off Route

January 20, 2009 · Comments Off 

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The post-inaugural scene at H Street and Vermont Avenue.
Posted by Caitlin Myers, 3:30 p.m.

Without tickets, we were turned away from the actual parade-watching area. So, we stuck to the streets, where the rest of our fellow unticketed patriots were out celebrating.

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Parade Running Late, But Crowd Still Giddy

January 20, 2009 · Comments Off 

Posted by Lizzie Brubaker, 3:04 p.m. CST

The parade is almost an hour behind schedule but everyone is still crowding Pennsylvania Avenue. I would pay big bucks to be one of the lucky few to see Obama get out of the car and wave directly at them. Wouldn’t anyone be excited?

It’s freezing outside but everyone is excited. It’s a new day, it’s a new year, and it’s a new president.

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D.C. Mustangs Had a Ball at Black Tie & Boots

January 20, 2009 · Comments Off 

Cross Canadian Ragweed jams at the Black Tie & Boots Ball. (PHOTO BY KACI KOVIAK / THE DAILY MUSTANG)
Cross Canadian Ragweed jams at the Black Tie & Boots Ball.
Posted by: Kaci Koviak, 1:57 p.m. CST

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center was stuffed with over 12,000 Texans Monday night at the Black Tie and Boots inaugural ball.

I was surprised to see how many SMU alumni have moved up to Washington D.C. I worked the SMU booth for a couple of hours last night and got to meet about 30 Mustangs working up in the D.C. area.

Bands were constantly coming on and off the stage. We had great entertainment, amazing Tex-Mex food (hard to come by up here) and even stars like Denzel Washington and Matthew McConaughey were celebrating among the crowd.

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Parade Crowd Upbeat after Obama’s Speech

January 20, 2009 · Comments Off 

Daily Mustang staffers are now lining the parade route. Their latest text reports:

Caitlin Myers, 12:59 p.m. CST: The streets have lightened up and it’s amazing how peoples’ attitudes have changed since Obama’s speech…it’s as if everyone just needed a reminder of why we are all really here.
Caitlin Myers, 1:24 p.m. CST: People dressed in bear costumes are dancing in the street.

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