Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Aretha's Hat, and Everything 

Wednesday, Jan 20 2010
No one remembers the Purple Gate. Thousands of people traveled across the country and stood in freezing temperatures holding the tickets issued by their congresspeople, only to be denied entry to the 56th Inauguration of the President of the United States of America. The reason no one remembers the Purple Gate is that none of those cold people got angry: They were so happy to be there, they didn’t even care. That’s how it went over the course of the proudest day in this nation’s history: Jubilation, tears of joy, and the snapping of many, many, many, many, many pictures. Some of those photos, taken by local inaguration attendees (hopefully, none of the contributors here were Purple Gaters), are on exhibit at “One Year Later: A Community Photographic Exhibit of the 56th Inauguration.” Remember when we all danced in the streets? No matter how you feel about President Obama right now, why forget that fine day last January when “Yes We Did?”
Jan. 26-March 21, 2010

About The Author

Hiya Swanhuyser


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"