Yes We Did: An Inauguration Diary, by Musa Gurnis

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01/28/2009 4:51 PM |

Friday, January 16
The trains from New York are starting to fill up with people in Obama shirts. Taking the train to DC you arrive in Union Station. It’s domed and marble and neo-classical, like lots of things in Washington. When, in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart arrives at Union Station from his small, American town, he glimpses through the columns of the portico that other lofty, neo-classical, marble dome — the Capitol building — and leaves, without thinking, leaves the porters and bustling men and walks out after it into the air. Coming into DC on the train this weekend feels a little bit like that.

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