It’s still several days away, but the Inauguration is already annoying me. It’s messing with my plans all over the place. Last week, the President came to our base to say goodbye to some of the folks here and shut down the main street and a couple of the gates. Something was Up today too, as I tried to leave base to take my parents to the Metro station. An MP was stopping cars and having them turn around. Right before I got to him, 2 of the President’s helicopters left from the helopad where they’re stationed. Hmmm. The MP instructed me on how to get around the road closure and then I asked him what was up. “Sorry, ma’am, I can’t discuss it,” was the answer. OK, but hey look – aren’t those both the helicopters? (Whenever the Prez travels in Marine One, both helicopters are used at the same time. Don’t worry, I learned this from the Military Channel, not any of the Army’s Top Men.)
So my plans for the upcoming national holiday are thwarted, too. We usually hit some of the Smithsonians, but seeing as how they line the National Mall, I don’t think it’s going to be worth the hassle, being less than 24 hours away from the Big Event. We considered leaving town for the weekend, but we’d have to return on Monday, coming into DC at precisely the same time as every.single. other. person. who thinks seeing the Inauguration will be fun.
Oh, and they are closing all bridges from VA into DC and a good number of offramps from MD to DC, too. So at some point or another, it is going to be near impossible to get into the District.
Just call me Gripey McGripester.