You didn’t think I braved the cold, did you?

Now that I'm back from the inauguration festivities everyone who didn't go wants to hear stories about what it was like. I wish I could say I awoke at 4 a.m. on Inauguration Day, put on five layers of clothes,  stuffed my gloves with hand warmers and my Uggs with toe warmers and walked a few blocks from my hotel to the Lincoln Memorial to get a good spot to watch the Jumbotron as Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation's 44th President. That I huddled with the others as we tried to keep each … [Read more...]

Farewell D.C.; good luck O

Well that's it. D.C. is now a memory. Albeit a fond one. I am on the train back to New York, with Etta James playing in my ear on my iPod. I bet Barack and Michelle won't care if they never here "At Last" for another year after last night. It is quiet on the train. Everyone is probably as exhausted as I am after being drunk on Obama juice for the last few days. I spent part of today walking from the Capitol to the Lincoln Mall. Although images on television showed the National Mall crammed … [Read more...]

My conversation with Ellen Burstyn

I'm probably  jaded but for the most part covering the celeb angle at the inauguration for USA Today was no different than covering any other celeb event. I'm sure had I been assigned one of the 10 official balls then I wouldn't write this because I would have hopefully been inside to see the First Couple dance to "At Last." Instead, I spent last night at a charity ball thrown by the Recording Industry Association of America and Feeding America. The bash, at Ibiza nightclub, turned out to be … [Read more...]

Yes, there are crowds – just deal with it

This is what it was like stepping off the Metro at the Foggy Bottom station as I tried to get to my hotel yesterday. Everybody was headed to the free concert at the Lincoln Memorial. It took me about 15 minutes to get to daylight. Everyone had a good attitude about the Barack Obama inaugural madness but you know there's always one sourpuss in the crowd. One woman commented about all of the "tourists" in town. I mentioned to her that I am a tourist and us "tourists" are bringing a lot of … [Read more...]