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It's safe to say I went buck wild on Twitter during my inauguration journey. This short update tool proved quite appropriate as my primary medium of instant coverage. I'm still uploading photos and videos, but Twitter was my live mic. I posted updates from my Macbook Pro on the Amtrak, from my friend's house where I stayed and, all too often, from my T-Mobile G1 in sub 20-degree temperatures. Even if you were following me, you probably missed a lot. Thanks to Twitter search, I've found every update I posted from the train ride down on Friday to my seated and aching position on my couch in NYC the day after. The updates are posted in reverse chronological order, blog-like, so start from the bottom and work your way up. I think the funniest updates are from the Sunday concert while the angriest are clearly from the disastrous Youth Ball. Post your favorites in the comments!
baratunde: home from dc. body much worse for the wear, but dammit i was there. respect.
baratunde: Important youth ball #s: capacity of concert rm = 3500. Capacity of outer hall = 3000. Tickets sold = 10,000 #inaug09
baratunde: @randomdeanna yes to a youth ball campaign. I'm getting amazing info. This is a major and PLANNED fuckup #inaug09
baratunde: Rt @BreakingNewsOn: AP: Poll - by 3-1 margin, American ppl feel more optimistic about country's future now that Obama is president.
baratunde: Just bought 4 copies of todays washington post. Its hitting me again. Good job america #inaug09
baratunde: youth ball update. most people dispersed when i did. we returned hour later to reasonable conditions. party closed at 130am. meh #inaug09
baratunde: ouch. lungs burn. probably from inhaling so much icy cold air for hours. ready for that new obama health care #inaug09
baratunde: overslept, missing both 6am and 8am buses. plan to catch ride with lee camp. guess i drank too much change last night #inaug09
baratunde: I'm cool. Found some alaska volunteers and red wine. Just needed to share the moment with others #inaug09
baratunde: @mikeleh @mstearne you stand out in 20 degree weather in formal wear for 2 hrs and tell me its a good thing
baratunde: To those who think there's some benefit to abusing BO's most loyal workers by leaving in cold, I can't hear that now
baratunde: I would like to party. Is there something I can get into? (Note: I can't see fb comments on phone so email)
baratunde: I have left the youth ball. Feet are frozen. Can barely use hands from cold. I am in pain srsly #inaug09
baratunde: Crowd outside found out obama is done speaking and cheered. Never thought id see young ppl do that #inaug09
baratunde: Word is fire marshal has locked down event. Thousands are still outside WITH TIX in 23 degrees #inaug09
baratunde: Protest outside youth ball is growing. People want the money they paid to go to education #inaug09
baratunde: youth ball a total clusterfuck. Oversold by at least 1000 people. What happened to the well oiled campaign? #inaug09
baratunde: This line is bullshit. People keep cutting and I've created a vigilante security force to stop it #inaug09
baratunde: Rt @TheOnion: BREAKING: Drunk Bush Crashes Inauguration Ball Wearing Only Texas Flag #inaug09
baratunde: In line for the youth ball. If kanye shows up on time, we will know real change has come to america #inaug09
baratunde: getting showered and dressed for youth ball and am taking all yall with me via updates! #inaug09
baratunde: friend took his kids to the mall. their report on this historic occasion: "all we saw were butts and elbows." #inaug09
baratunde: Wow. I was just part of the most dynamic conversation of young people for bet.com Big up @ashong. Will post later #inaug09
baratunde: Anyone staying at the washington hilton mind me changing in ur room or checking bags under ur name? Hit me on email or sms
baratunde: Someone tell me how close obama is? We just were attacked by exhaust from 50 police motorcycles #inaug09
baratunde: Announcer @ white house trying 2 start wave in bleachers. Someone tell him waves happens from bottom up
baratunde: Just saw sec'y designate of education arnie duncan. Yelled at him to "do good!" And he didn't correct my grammar #inaug09
baratunde: Anyone in dc willing to let me stash luggage in ur room before 9pm tonight and retrieve early am? Esp if u have hilton rm Msg or txt me ...
baratunde: Did not occur to me that parade delay was due to ill senators. My brain is suffering from frostbite #inaug09
baratunde: Waiting for this parade to start. Metaphor for how slow change will come to america? #inaug09
baratunde: Via TheOnion: Obama Inauguration Speech Ruined By Incessant Jackhammering http://twurl.nl/shq2sd (expand)
baratunde: Rt @BreakingNewsOn: President Barack Obama confirmed Senator Ted Kennedy had collapsed and expressed concern about his situation; condit ...
baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/1pggu - I get u access. This is erica alexander, the poet right outside white house
baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/mO5RU - Polar bears giving out calendars but for what? Doomsday? #inaug09
baratunde: Via TheOnion: Hillary Clinton Mouthing Along To Presidential Oath http://twurl.nl/chc3hd (expand)
baratunde: Rt @Leslieann44: Large inflatable Bush in likeness of Sadam being "shoed to death" by crowd behind Lincoln Memorial, chants: "No more ye ...
baratunde: Wow lowry recites from the black national anthem
baratunde: It's noon. < / bush > < obama >
baratunde: Chairman of the joint congressional committee on inaugurations was just introduced. THAT'S MY DAWG! #inaug09
baratunde: @ nat'l press club for canadian radio 2 explain democracy 2 foreigners again. Step 1 Behead queen. Step 2 Profits. Step 3 Freedom #inaug09
baratunde: Got rejected from checkpoint cuz "bag is too big." I told them that was no bag. I was just happy to see them #inaug09
baratunde: Rt @drgridlock: A Metro train has hit someone at Gallery Place (Red Line). The station is closed. #dcalert
baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/x0zE2 - This is exactly like cloverfield except everyone is happy and not getting e
baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/tIfTC - Obama is at "church" Looks like a mosque to this reporter #inaug09
baratunde: cynical bbc caller said america is most racist nation in the world. I told him that's MY most racist nation he's talking about #inaug09
baratunde: No matter how many times I told them to behead their queen, those brits refuse to understand democracy #inaug09
baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/6Ux2t - I could totally bring down the bbc right now if I just pushed all the butto
baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/5MFs6 - Most important task pre-inauguration of first black prez? Setting ipod play
baratunde: never seen so many black folk up so early. I've discovered a cure for CP time: elect a black president! #inaug09
baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/cJfCg - Car accident almost cut off my bus route. I think it was flock of vengeful
baratunde: apparently i'm not sleeping at all before the big show. still working on a few lines for my inaugural address #inaug09
baratunde: Sorry to drop off grid. Ran into good friend, activist and artist Lucia Brawley. Traded amazing stories #inaug09
baratunde: Woohoo netroots was fun. Connected w fellow soldiers. Now off to SEIU/moveon joint. Need to get my dance on #inaug09
baratunde: Having a v frustrating eve. Missed chance for moveon party. Not on list for huffpo. Too late for netroots in far off VA?
baratunde: I just saw a man selling obama bean pies. If that doesn't prove obama is a muslim I don't know what will #inaug09
baratunde: Rt @BreakingNewsOn: Emergency svcs responded to suspicious item found over the White House fence. Turned out to be a shoe #inaug09
baratunde: Send to twitter.com/baratunde and or baratunde.com thx
baratunde: Just interviewed team from www.charitywater.org $1 gets 1 person clean water for 1 year #inaug09
baratunde: Call in or go http://ping.fm/J6dNq - BBC radio heard by 30 mil globally! 1pm est me & @ch3ryl & more #inaug09
baratunde: MLK's speech could easily have been called "we will not be satified" rather than "I have a dream." #inaug09
baratunde: Also got interview with white high school girls from griffin, georgia who campaigned for Obama #inaug09
baratunde: Got a great interview with rosa park's attorney fred gray after CNN. Will upload late night #inaug09
baratunde: Rt @TheOnion: Vacation To Israel Canceled Due To History Of Israel http://twurl.nl/8fh5q5 (expand)
baratunde: On cnn now is fred gray who was rosa parks's attorney. I met him on the cnn bus! #inaug09
baratunde: Woohoo. CNN seemed to go well tho I couldn't hear the republican dude. Next up: bbc tv's world have your say at 1pm #inaug09
baratunde: Reminder. I'm on cnn with soledad obrien from the national mall at 1015am today
baratunde: RT @cspenn: Great piece by @ariherzog on USAirways+Twitter. A journalist must-read. http://bit.ly/mHzw (expand)
baratunde: RT @elonjames: Wonders is it wrong to laugh at Curtis Blow's bedazzeled blazer. Dude, wtf?
baratunde: @Pishba http://bit.ly/IhaJ (expand) the playlist @ch3ryl & i post our videos to. also in center column of www.jackandjillpolitics.com
baratunde: @ch3ryl um what kind of party are you at exactly? burning bush in effigy? is hugo chavez throwing an inauguration bash!?
baratunde: man, youtube really assifies quality video footage.
baratunde: YouTube - Jamie Foxx at We Are One Concert, Inauguration 2009 (http://tinyurl.com/a5d255 (expand))
baratunde: @garlin tweeting from my G1 which has cutting edge technology known as KEYBOARD. works with gloves on. it's the future i believe.
baratunde: @tyfn these stories R saying "now's a good time to be black" (except in oakland, houston, nyc and other places cops kill us)
baratunde: @tyfn interesting. gawker ran that exact story but about NYC social scene adding black faces. http://bit.ly/9Vw5 (expand)
baratunde: @shortyawards I vote for @cyberpr in the Shorty Awards Finals for #music because she helps artists see the social media light
baratunde: @Roger_Pociask @nelima and all. i am in DC and my tweets today were live from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. twitter journalism!
baratunde: Feeling suddenly exhausted. Think I will head home soon, process images & vids and do some work #inaug09
baratunde: Important change: I will be on cnn tomorrow at 1015am NOT 1245. Probably on bbc tv at 1245 w @ch3ryl #inaug09
baratunde: I bet obama wants this concert to last forever. He's thinking, "I am so screwed. Gaza. Jobs. Please sing one more song." #inaug09
baratunde: Ewww poor john legend got stuck with the "relaxing" rock crowd. There goes his street cred #inaug09
baratunde: I really hope they let that eagle sing. At least they should have let him fly free. Cmon man. Lincoln would emancipate that eagle #inaug09
baratunde: Did tom hanks just say abe lincoln had a 6 ft 4 inch erection?
baratunde: Oh no jaime foxx is battling denzel for the obama role. I say we give it to morgan freeman for seniority #inaug09
baratunde: Mary J Blige is hitting the notes! Looks like obama's transition team sprang for some voice lessons
baratunde: Awesome. John Adams's wife just spoke along with an MLK stunt double. Pullin out all the stops! #inaug09
baratunde: @biznickman not yet. Heading over when @ch3ryl gets here. Ahem. (how do u "ahem" over Twitter?) #inaug09
baratunde: Just realizing how big a deal this is. This is not your grandfather's inauguration #inaug00
baratunde: @Stranahan yeah I met Obama at yearlykos conference in 2007. Asked him re: his coal position. Shook his hand
baratunde: @busboysandpoets and @grittv just had deepak Chopra on. Called military aid "karmically tainted money"
baratunde: Will be @busboysandpoets on 14th & V till about 1pm. In back corner of langston rm. Turning
baratunde: Dangit I keep sending b4 I'm done! Phone going off to charge spare batt.
baratunde: @ashong welcome to dc baby! I'm @busboysandpoets on 14th & v for the next hour before heading to concert. Come by!
baratunde: Rt @drgridlock: Great Maps For Getting Around: In the Metro section of Sunday's Post http://tinyurl.com/74et2g (expand)
baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/5gGgo - Checked in @busboysandpoets for GRITtv segment circa 1020am at grittv.org
baratunde: Want to throw a going away party for bush monday night? Check out http://bushbash09.com They will post party pics on tues
baratunde: dammit. google disabled my jack turner gmail account. NOW IS NOT THE TIME GOOGLE! I'll have Obama nationalize your ass. #inaug09
baratunde: @elonjames and i am totally in southeast right now. sorry bro. trying to pace myself. maybe cya tomorrow
baratunde: Managed to get a cab in adams morgan without knocking over too many drunk white dudes! Obama! #inaug09
baratunde: @mattieboo haha no adams morgan is hectic right now. Very different from my early 90s memories #inaug09
baratunde: At the left bank in ada
baratunde: Wearing new Diesel boots. Neglected to break them in first. Now sitting shoeless with vodka & soda #inaug09
baratunde: Al franken has a fundraiser tomorrow 11a-1pm at the willard hotel. Musical guests: grateful dead! #inaug09
baratunde: Met a dept. of labor employee. Her favorite secretary was Reich "because he knew the numbers and how to get economy moving" #inaug09
baratunde: #inaug09 text WEATHER to 56333 for weather updates or text METRO to 56333 for bus & train info.
baratunde: off 2 get #inaug09 credentials. gear = g-phone, canon sd700, ipod touch, kindle, scary/warm face mask http://bit.ly/4gwZXk (expand)baratunde: just installed the DC Metro app on my ipod touch. farewell paper maps! #inaug09 Jan 17, 2009 07:38 PM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: RT @mstearne: @baratunde I bought an Obama commemorative plate. Ask them if I can use that for entrance into the inauguration. #inaug09 Jan 17, 2009 07:37 PM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: at the transition team office, black folks are just showing up saying "i voted for obama. where are my tickets!?" hilarious #inaug09 Jan 17, 2009 07:06 PM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: A Fond Farewell by Derrick Ashong #inaug09 (http://ping.fm/NmIaD) Jan 17, 2009 06:38 PM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: @QueenofSpain that "team edward sucks" is hilarious. i'm so scared that i get it. btw, @jjpolitics is adding ur #inaug09 tweets to our site Jan 17, 2009 04:30 PM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: RT @huffpost: Follow Obama's train trip on our blog all day: http://tinyurl.com/9wjwpj (expand) -cbellantoni Jan 17, 2009 04:14 PM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/o6oGL - I like bunnies but this is creepy to see 1st thing in the morning. #inaug09 Jan 17, 2009 03:24 PM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: http://ping.fm/p/JSput - Obama's economic stimulus at union station #inaug09 Jan 17, 2009 02:31 AM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: more dc inauguration parties, courtesy of The Couch Sessions (http://ping.fm/3aWod) Jan 17, 2009 12:55 AM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: RT @roadkillrefugee: RT @thinkprogress: Ken Blackwell: GOP First, Country Last: http://tinyurl.com/7e3v98 (expand) Jan 17, 2009 12:44 AM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: campaign retrospective: Why I Support Barack Obama (jan 3, 2008) (http://ping.fm/bELuO) Jan 17, 2009 12:20 AM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: @c3ane that's a great idea. barackatunde's campaign retrospective will be running through inauguration. so many moments Jan 17, 2009 12:14 AM GMT · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation baratunde: @maegancarberry just saw ur traffic tweet. For #inaug09 follow @drgridlock Jan 17, 2009 12:06 AM GMT · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation baratunde: @busboysandpoets I plan to kick it there hard this week. Save me some of those vegan brownies! Jan 17, 2009 12:05 AM GMT · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation baratunde: passing through philly on the train. what up!? i have mad fond memories of campaigning here. http://bit.ly/i4V7 (expand) Jan 17, 2009 12:02 AM GMT · Reply · View Tweet baratunde: Let the journey to #inaug09 begin! Am on amtrak train #193 from nyc to dc. Plenty of empty seats. Glad I'm going down early Jan 16, 2009 10:51 PM GMT · Reply · View Tweet
I'm always in a rush but especially today. Thankfully, some friends pulled this video, and I could get it up. Watching the segment, you'd never realize that my earpiece was dead, and I didn't hear a word the Republican strategist said. Big up to Soledad for some smooth moderating to keep that invisible. Ok, here it is.
Part of the fun of being here is the honor I have of helping tell the story of what's going down. It's 4am, and I need to keep this short and sweet. Will try to add more details as they become available. Meanwhile, set your Tivos and foreign friends' tape decks Sunday January 18
- 10AM GRITtv with Laura Flanders. From Busboys & Poets on 14th & V St. Talking about what has paved the way for the first black president
- CHANGE TO 10:15AM 12:45PM CNN with Soledad O'Brien and John Hope Bryant Republican strategist Joe Hicks on the Obama Express Bus. Talking about the meaning of Obama's election and race.
- 1PM BBC TV World Have Your Say with my blog partner Cheryl Contee.
- 8:00AM BBC Radio 5Live Simon Mayo Show. with Tim Daly and Robin Bronk of the Creative Coalition. Talking about expectations
- 11:00am - Noon & 12:45PM - 1:30PM CBC Radio (Canada) The Current. Talking about Obama's connection to young people
- All Day. Comedy Central's Indecision 2008 Blog will be picking up my inaugural Twitter postings.
cross-posted to JJP Hey team, I'm here! This city is abuzz. Bus drivers are excited (and pissed about the added stress to there lives). Black folks are dressed in finery. The alcohol doth flow freely. It's a magical time to be in Chocolate City, and I'll do my best to share what I'm seeing with yall, wherever you are. Notable moments from today:
- Playing Rock Band for the first time ever. I'm staying with some friends who have three adorable, high energy children. I think all high energy kids should be enrolled in cross-country running, but that's another post probably on another blog :)
- Getting the JJP media credentials. It was so easy, and the volunteers were very friendly.
- Picking up my Obama-branded DC Metro Smartrip card
- Meeting a 23-year employee of the Department of Labor and asking her if she noticed a difference based on who the president was. "Absolutely," she said, adding that Robert Reich was her favorite Secretary because he really knew labor and "knew the numbers." This same woman told me that her 80-year-old mother and friends were addicted to MSNBC and CNN during the campaign and are back on during the inauguration watching every single moment of the whistle-stop tour.
- Running into my cross-country coach from middle school at a cocktail party in Friendship Heights (where they had Sarah Palin toilet paper. I love my friends).
- Meeting Al Franken at a Media Matters event.