BB Video: Sean Bonner reports from Obama Inauguration in DC

(Flash embed above, MP4 download is here.)

Boing Boing pal Sean Bonner of Metroblogging and decades of internet troublemaking fame is in DC for the presidential inauguration, serving as our roving correspondent. He shot this impressionistic report of cool art, kitschy ephemera, and other wacky public displays of Obamamania. Included in this Boing Boing video episode: a peek inside Yosi Sergant's amazing Manifest Hope art show, including an amazing wire sculpture of Obama by Michael Murry. Also, a street installation in DC's Adams Morgan area, which invites passers-by to tell the president what they hope he'll do once he's sworn into office today.

Below, click to view some of Sean's phonecam snapshots from the inauguration-eve party at the Manifest Hope show. Oh also? Apparently Barack Obama is your new bicycle after all.

Below, another piece from the Manifest Hope Show. "The Hopeful Hearts Club," a Sergeant Peppers/Beatles inspired piece by Michael Cuffe.

(Special thanks to Q-Burns Abstract Message for graciously allowing us to use his music in these videos, including a remix of "Angel Soup" by Cold Hands, on Blunted Funk Records.)


  1. “The Hopeful Hearts Club,” a Sergeant Peppers/Beatles inspired piece by Michael Cuffe.

    Wasn’t the Baby-Boomer Generation finally getting the boot out the door with the incoming of the Obama administration?

  2. They missed Vonnegut in the “Who’s Who”… and HST and that other dude are switched. Pflugerville Steve.

  3. We watched the inauguration at work yesterday and enjoyed most of it. 9/10 of us are conservative and all of us except for one who’s really, really religious are hopeful and have a positive outlook on Mr. Obama’s presidency. Even though only one of us voted for Mr. Obama, none of us thought McCain/Palin was a good choice. We’re all looking forward to the next 4 years (you Have to be positive), but the really, really religious guy thinks the end of the world is just around the corner – poor guy.

  4. @Tom Hale:

    You watched the inauguration yesterday (ie, Jan 19th)? Neat trick.

    Can you please pass along the secret of time travel?

    The rest of us, stuck living with the linear progression of time, had to wait until today, January 20th, to catch President Obama’s inauguration.

  5. RationalPragmatist, Cool huh? I figured out the time travel thing years ago. What I did was make a note to my future descendants telling them that when time machines are invented, to come back in time and let me use the machine on 01/19/2009. I gave the note to my sons and made them promise to pass it on to their kids and for THEM to pass it on to THEIR kids, ad infinitum. Sure enough, right on schedule my great great great great great grandson showed up and let me use the time machine to watch the inauguration a day ahead of time.

    Or I made a mistake in my last post.

  6. @ Tom Hale

    Just chiming in here for a second. Tom, you said that only one of you voted for Obama, yet none of you felt McCain/Palin was a good choice. I’m hoping the means that the remaining 9 of you abstained from voting?

  7. @ BLEDSOEFILMS, That’s the spirit, keep hoping for the best. That’s what I do.

    OK, – We voted for the only choice we had – two people that claimed to back republican values. At the end, it was a tough loss for all of us, but IMO, it was also a win.

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