Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration, Vegas Style

On a mammoth screen hanging above the stage where Elvis used to shook his hips and Barry Manilow appears nightly, Barack Obama muddled through his oath of office. The Hilton's decision to open the theater drew about 400 folks, an interesting mix of locals seeking a communal experience and tourists or conventioneers preferring this setting to their rooms. Sorry these shots aren't very clear, but...

This lady below from Dallas is an American Airlines flight attendant who sprang to bring five friends and relatives to Vegas to celebrate the inauguration. They had wanted to go to Washington, but when that seemed prohibitive, they figured they'd find some place to watch here instead.

And evidently, it's never too early to get started on the next round. This woman from North Las Vegas, a blackjack dealer at the Santa Fe Station, was selling Re-elect Obama T-shirts for $10 a pop.

And congrats to interior designer Renee Weinberg of Sioux City, Iowa. The International Builders Show attendee had the presence of mind to ask the Hilton folks for that foam board sign to take home as a souvenir. Hooray for her!