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Loose Lips columnist and inaug correspondent extraordinaire Mike DeBonis is City Paper‘s only ticketed, credentialed staffer on the Mall today. He’ll be calling in with reports from his sweet spot at the swearing-in and with reports of his debunking the myth you can’t do it all on Inauguration Day. If anyone can do it, LL can.
UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: DeBonis calls in before beginning his mission. He reports he also had better seats than Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Common, and Angela Bassett. Someone in the crowd indicated he might have a better seat than Jay-Z. “But I didn’t see him,” says DeBonis.
Bush leaving was a highlight, but not in the snide, pessimistic way shoe-throwers would have it. People cheered when Bush and Obama hugged, when the helicopter lifted off, and when Bush flew over the crowd. They waved, collectively, goodbye to 43, not as if to say: So long from the city you hate, but rather in the style of The Sound of Music, when the children leave the party. So long! Farewell! Auf Wiedersehen! Adieu!*
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UPDATE 12:58 p.m.: DeBonis prepares to historically sprint to parade route. No time to call. Reports via twitter his seat was better than Diddy‘s. But was it better than my seat, inside Erik Wemple‘s office listening to Ruth Samuelson eat kugel? I thought not.
UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: Obama‘s motorcade is making its way up Pennsylvania Avenue north of the Capitol. DeBonis is sitting in front of the Marine Band, which was pretty freakin’ loud when he called. From what I could make out, DeBonis thinks his ticketed seat might be “too good.” Apparently, he’s right in front of the podium but the podium could block his view. Buck up, DeBonis!
DeBone also reports Don King is working the crowd, saying “Only in America!” about every other second. NPR right now also impressed with Don King. Don King reportedly also impressed with Don King.