Facebook becomes posterboard for inaugural festivities
WASHINGTON – For those not among the throngs in the U.S. capital for the inaugural festivities for Barack Obama, many have turned to Facebook to describe how they were watching the ceremonies or their state of excitement about the new president.
And yes, it even became a spot for soon-to-be former aides to outgoing President George W. Bush to describe their future after their tenure at the White House.
One Bush staffer described being “employed for only 1hr and 28 more minutes” while another told his friends he was on his way to Andrews Air Force Base to attend a closed-door departure ceremony before Bush flies back to Texas on the 747 airplane used as Air Force One (it’s only called that when the current president is aboard).
Another Republican offered his appreciation for the outgoing Bush team, saying ”THANK YOU President Bush and Vice President Cheney for your service to our nation.”
Others declared their excitement for Obama’s inauguration and his upcoming presidency. As Mercedes Grandin from Portland, Maine described it, “bring on our new President!!” Heather Morrow, from Overland Park, Kansas, said on Facebook she “cannot tear herself away from the television. this is amazing!”
Others griped about stalled subway or buses to the National Mall or the U.S. Capitol while some described the ease with which they cleared the numerous security checkpoints.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (the US Capitol before sunrise hours before the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States)