Congratulations President Obama! It has been quite a day watching all the historic events unfolding all day. From the crowds already pouring into the National Mall at 6:00am in 20 degree weather, to the wonderful parade late in the afternoon. In my career as a photojournalist over the past 30+ years I have been lucky to attend three Presidential inaugurations. All of them so very memorable. This one would have been spectacular! But, I also remember sleeping in my car behind the Smithsonian Institution so I could be close to where I would wake up (in 20 degree weather) to go through security, so I could get close to photograph the swearing in. I had no coffee, juice, water, etc. What goes in, must come out, and in government style, there were no available bathrooms close by. If you “had to go” you had to leave your rare press shooting spot, walk 3 city blocks, and wait in line with 50 other people. Then walk back, go through security again, and now the dogs pick up a scent……you get pulled off to the side, and are hand searched and frisked. All of this takes about an hour, and now you lost your place to get the best photo. I learned the hard way. No drinks, and carry a empty bottle with you. You learning not to be modest, is to get a much better picture than the phototgrapher next to you, and that’s all that counts. Pity on that poor photographer who that had the Dunkin Donuts large coffee and donut a few hours before! I applaud all them people who went down to bear witness to the historic event. I wish I could have been there with all of the 2.5 million other people….I really do, empty bottle and all! God Bless America!
During all of the activites to day I did come up with a “little flavor” of our President you might say. In keeping with a theme I had a several posts ago to keep warm, I give you President Obama’s family recipe for chili. I have not made it yet, but it’s ingrediants sound politically correct!
Obama Family Chili Recipe
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 1 green pepper, chopped
• Several cloves of garlic, chopped
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 pound ground turkey or beef
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
• 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1/4 teaspoon ground basil
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• Several tomatoes, depending on size, chopped
• 1 can red kidney beans
Saute onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft.
Add ground meat and brown.
Combine spices together into a mixture, then add to ground meat.
Add red wine vinegar.
Add tomatoes and let simmer, until tomatoes cook down.
Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.
Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.