Let me describe what it was like yesterday in DC with a little anecdote. All of the major landmarks in DC were dressed with red-white-and-blue flag decorations. Wolf Blitzer was standing in the valet line and no one bothered him.

For those of you who are coming to DC after the Inauguration, don’t fret. There will be lots to do in case you’re interested in this kind of stuff.

For example?

Take the (bullet proof) Acela Train to from DC to Philadelphia or NY for a quick day trip…
The Acela Train originates in Boston’s South Station, and travels via all the major historical cities on the northeast corridor of the US: NY, Trenton, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington DC. If you want a quiet experience, ask to sit in the Quiet Car.  

Author (and DC resident) Edward P. Jones wrote a beautiful novel on some aspects of slavery in an unsentimental but deeply touching and optimistic way. Mr. Jones is giving a few talks on his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Known World, in and around town in the month of January and February.

The Lincoln Memorial will still be here. And, The National Archives is hosting several events to celebrate America’s other *favorite* president’s bicentennial birthday in Feb 2009. You might be a little distraught at first upon reading the carved text at the Memorial  to learn that President Lincoln insisted that the war was not about slavery or black rights; it was a war to preserve the Union.