Traveling to D.C. for Obama’s Inauguration

I’m sitting in an Amtrak station now, waiting to take a train from Baltimore to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Like millions of others, I’ve come to see the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

I may not have much Internet access throughout the next few days, but you can be sure I’ll be writing more about the inauguration when I get back next Thursday.

So far, I’ve been amazed to see how friendly people are. I’ve met people from Nashville Pheonix, Baltimore and other places from around the country who have come here for the big event. One woman, Nancy, even tagged along with me from BWI to the Amtrack Station because she didn’t know exactly where she was going and wanted a “travel buddy.” (Mind you, I’m not that experienced at traveling to D.C., but I must have seemed like I knew what I was talking about!)

The children I’ve seen seem especially excited. A little girl named Bridgette, who was sitting behind me on the plane, kept asking her dad questions while we were flying.

“Are we in Heaven yet?” she asked as we flew into a cluster of clouds.

“When are we going to get to see Obama?”

“Daddy, why is the sunset so beautiful?”

She made me smile.

There’s lots more that will make me smile this week, including a concert Sunday afternoon featuring Bono, Beyonce, Bruce Sprinsteen and plenty of others. Check back for more updates …

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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