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Wed., Jan. 21, 2009, 1:44 p.m.

Packed Like Sardines For Inauguration

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

 Kate StormoGipson, 24 of Coeur d Alene, climbed the tree to see if there was any movement at the front of the long line trying to get through the barricades and witness Barack Obama's inauguration. (Photo/Justin StormoGipson)

The crowds are huge. We are packed tightly against each other. People trying to cross through what might be the line squeeze through miserably. There is no, zero, crowd control; all the thought seems to have gone into controlling the crowds inside the barricades around the mall. There is absolutely no one to organize the crowds on our side. The question/comment goes through the crowd frequently: Do you all have purple tickets? Everyone does. It defies logic that they would issue too many tickets for the area we're ticketed for, so we continue on the faith that this line will move and they'll start getting us in/Inaugaral Afoot (four Sandpointers on foot for the inaugaration). More here.

Question: What will you remember most about the inauguration?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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