January 19, 2009

Obama action figures?

As city Councilor Craig Minor stood in line at the Cannon House Office Building in the nation's capital this afternoon, he gave me a phone call.
He said there were abut 200 people waiting to get their tickets to the Inauguration from U.S. Rep. John Larson, the East Hartford Democrat whose 1st District includes Bristol. They were all in good spirits, Minor reported.
Of course they were. Why wouldn't they be? There are a couple of million people descending on the Mall on Tuesday to see Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony and only a lucky handful are going to have those precious tickets to be up close.
Of course, for the rest, there are Jumbotrons.
Minor said that he and his wife, Laura Minor, watched most of the Inaugural kick-off Sunday on the big screens.
From the Washington Monument grounds, they were a long way from Obama and the parade of at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday.
"We could barely see the figures on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial," Minor said.
But they were able to eyeball some of the big TVs installed so the distant crowd could see what was going on.
Laura Minor was most enchanted by folk singer Pete Seeger, who was invited to join rocker Bruce Springsteen for a stirring rendition of "This Land Is Your Land."
But Craig Minor said they both enjoyed country star Garth Brooks, backed by a youth chorus, who turned to the rock staple "Shout" and had everyone raising their hands in unison in the time-honored tradition.
"That part was so cool," Craig Minor said
On their way to the Capitol this morning to get their tickets for Tuesday's big event, the Minors picked up "a bunch of tacky Obama souvenirs," including an Obama action figure.
What does an Obama action figure actually do?
Minor said it points its finger at the sky or maybe at whoever's holding it.
Laura Minor said it is "an amazing, amazing time to be in town" because of the massive, happy crowds and the joy of the moment.
"I'm just so glad to be here," Laura Minor said.
And with all those crowds and all those people, she said, there aren't even lines at the portable toilets - yet.
"They seem to be OK," she said, even though The Washington Post has expressed concern about them.

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Anonymous said...

These are appropriate: all cardboard!

Anonymous said...

This action figure should have been dressed in the Hawaiian bathing suit.

Anonymous said...

what a waste of money send them all to the skin heads they will have a field day with them.

Anonymous said...

Is this the first of a collection? I'd like to have all the Democrat officials!

jan said...

Yeah I wouldn't mind having the whole collection of the democrat officials, they will be collectors items when they (the new administration) start fixing the the crappy mess the republicans made.

Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that these anonymous critics were the Arion nation or the skinheads. In most of your other nations you brag about you wouldn't be talking about your President about anything in opposition like you are. You republican wimps wouldn't last anywhere but in Americaa.