The Kenny Lumpkin family of Winder — Carol, Danielle (16) and Carlie (4) — are in Washington D.C. for the historic Inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president. Monday night, Kenny filed the following on his impressions of the event so far:
"We met so many people that describe the experience as a once-in-a-lifetime event. There is so much energy and anticipation in the air. Everyone is nice and friendly and having a joyous time.
"Actually looking up at the Lincoln Memorial and seeing the place where Dr. King gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech is breathtaking. But when you consider the fact that over 40 years later we are witnessing something that Dr. King envisioned for our country brings out emotions that cannot be described.
"People stood in line today for hours to get inauguration tickets. Some people stood for up to three hours, but no one complained. Everyone seems privilieged to be a part of history. Black, white, young, old, it is truly American History at work.
"The concert at the Lincoln Memorial today was unbelievable. The songs were so uplifting and the people were on fire despite the enormously cold weather. Nobody seemed to care that it was below freezing."
I am so glad that y'all were able to partake in this historic and phenomenal experience. It goes to show that everyone can make a difference regardless of color, race, and creed. Please remember this event and pass this down to your grandchildren. They will relish this.
What a wonderful experience. It's great to show children, they can do anything they set their minds to. Today is one in which children now know, black, white, striped or polka dotted, nothing is beyond their reach.
I am envious but so happy for you and your family. We've been watching the T.V. all-day and prayed for energy for everyone. They look so tired but soon they can go home and relax. I think they sent grandma and the girl’s home already. Michele and the Bidens look like they are ready to collapse.
Hated to see Sen. Kennedy miss out on the action and hope he's okay.
Have a safe trip home.