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I have officially become a part of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. I'm the brother's girlfriend's cousin's ex-roommate. I'm that girl with brown hair who sat two rows back in your sophomore math class. I am Bigfoot. I am the girl who's going to the Inauguration.

People have been coming out of the woodwork to wish me good luck at the Inauguration. I've had former teachers contact me and tell me how proud they are. My boss looks at me with so much envy it's frightening. My friends constantly question me about what I'll be doing and when I leave. My mother gets teary eyed just thinking about it.

People I don't even know have expressed jealousy and congratulated me on going: extended family members who last saw me when I was in diapers or peers who I see in the elevator occasionally. Everyone. And they don't just say it to be nice. They look at me with reverence and unabashed interest and tell me they look forward to hearing about it. Like I hold some special place in society. It's fascinating. I never thought it would hold the interest of so many. Sure, it's the President and a "celebrity" at that. But when you are constantly bombarded with figures on the dismal voting turnout and told you're part of the apathetic generation it's easy to become jaded.

I know I'm lucky to be going. And I'm grateful to be attending such a prestigious event. However, the pride I feel for going to the historic Inauguration pales in comparison to how honored I am to have the respect and well wishes of so many that I care about. The most rewarding part is already over. The actual trip is just gravy.


jadefrank's picture

Inauguration excitement

Hi Laura,

You must be there in Washington D.C. preparing for your participation in this historic event. I listened to parts of the concert on the radio this morning. So exciting!

Please please please update us on your experience there. It'd be great to hear from someone firsthand about the event and how it personally effects you.

Wishing you the best!


laurakozak's picture

Washington Exaushtion

Hi Jade,

Thanks so much for your comment. I am currently in Washington preparing for the historic Inauguration. Unfortunatly I'm so busy with speeches and seminars that writing about them has become an after thought. I should have a few posts up on my blog later today,

I've also updated my Flickr account ( with photo's of Colin Powell speaking at the University of Maryland.

Thanks again and sorry about the wait.


jadefrank's picture


Hi Laura,

I just watched Obama's speech on television and chills were running across my skin... still are in fact. I am hopeful and inspired. I can't imagine what your feelings are there on the ground. Just checked out your blog and love love love it! It would be great if you could copy and paste some of your inauguration posts here on PulseWire when you are home and have the time. Your writing is so wonderful.



Auma's picture

Historic Inauguration!

I have followed all of it keenly.This is a historic event! We are proud of Obama here in Kenya!

Leah Auma Okeyo.

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