The Communications, Politics, and Law Association took part in a decades old CPLA tradition this past Monday by visiting Washington D.C for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration.
For the first time the trip was open to Emerson students outside of CPLA allowing for a diverse group of 40 students (pictured below) hailing from all backgrounds and years.
Leaving late Sunday night, our sleepy members were hardly ready for the crowds that awaited us when we arrived and made our way to the National Mall.
Arriving at the Mall, our members were excited to see Anderson Cooper and the rest of the CNN news team up in their press box.
After a few moments of swooning over the back of Mr. Coopers head, CPLA made its way further down the mall, and into the crowd. We didn’t get the closest spot, but we watched the ceremony on the big screen and listened to the moving words and incredible speeches on the loud speakers.
All of our members waited in anticipation for the President’s speech. After President Obama was finished, the crowd erupted into a patriotic frenzy.
After the ceremony members split up to see the nearby sights, attend the parade, or visit museums, among other things. At the end of the day, as our group made its way back to our bus parked in RFK stadium, we were greeted by a spectacular sunset. The perfect way to cap off such a historic, exciting day. A day that no one on the trip is sure to forget anytime soon.