Thoughts from D.C.

January 21, 2009
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Here’s what IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger wrote last night after the inauguration. (That's her above with President Obama on the TV screen to the right.)

Considering I was at my first inauguration in 2005 as grad school student and a Washington, D.C., correspondent, I wondered how the 2009 and 2005 inaugurations would compare. Now, I'm here as a media representative and a person on vacation, so I'm trying to find the balance between the two. This year, I made more contacts before the big event and was able to meet up with or at least share a few text messages with them.

At the Indiana Society of Washington, D.C.’s inaugural ball Jan. 19, the only event to which I had a media pass or ticket, I spoke with Jennifer Wagner, an attorney and former reporter. She showed me where state Attorney General Democratic candidate Linda Pence was sitting, who in turn helped me see where Indiana Rep. Ed DeLaney, a Democrat, and his wife, Indianapolis attorney Ann DeLaney, were sitting.

I connected at the same event with Bloomington attorney Betsy Greene, her law partner, and the other attorneys at their table, as well as a number of other attorneys.

Even though President Barrack Obama didn't show up, many congressmen from Indiana, along with Sen. Evan Bayh, his wife, Susan, and others were recognized at the dinner. Unfortunately, it was announced Sen. Richard Lugar couldn't attend due to illness.

Right before I left, I also spoke briefly with Republican Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.  Republican Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who contacted me before I left for D.C., was also in attendance.

The mood in D.C. is also difficult to describe in words. Most people I've seen have been elated to be here -- whatever the reason.

Look for more about the inauguration and the Hoosiers who attended (including one person from Indiana marching in the parade with others pushing lawnmowers) in the Feb. 4-17, 2009, issue of Indiana Lawyer.
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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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