I do ubt that the large parking lot at the Greenbelt Metro Station outside Washington, D.C., will fill up by 4 a.m. Monday. I doubt that thousands of people, many of them elderly, will be walking 2½ miles in the dark from overflow shopping plaza parking lots in 15-degree temperatures just to get to the Metro station.
That’s one of many indelible memories I have from President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration that I attended in Washington. On Monday I’ll be watching on television, the euphoria of four years ago having long since faded. Crowd estimates of 600,000 to 800,000 pale compared to the nearly 2 million that covered the National Mall four years ago.
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Steve Gilbert is a columnist for The Sentinel.