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BLAST FROM THE PAST: 2001 Free Republic Inaugural Ball Photos
Click here for W2 Ball info and Tickets! ^ | December 8, 2004 | Multiple Freepers' cameras - January 20, 2001

Posted on 12/08/2004 4:01:05 PM PST by tgslTakoma

As Freepers gear-up for Free Republic's 2nd Inaugural Ball, I thought it might be fun to post some of the photos I saved from the first FR Ball threads in 2001.

There were so many photo threads from that first Ball, but the photos were hosted on now-defunct sites. Unless folks saved the photos to their computers back in 2001, finding any of them on the internet now is next to impossible.

So, here begins the photo journey back four years, to the Free Republic Inaugural Ball and Count the White House Silverware Party...


Your host for the evening, Jim Robinson!


Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (red vest) and Capitol Offense rock the night away with Freepers.


The new President makes a surprise appearance at the Freeper Ball.


Dubya performs with the band.


Bob Barr and Gary Aldrich.


Anyone remember "Billvis" at the Ball, and his "exit" from the building?


The dance floor was packed all night long.


The Ballroom lobby was full of Freepers, too!


Another shot of the Ballroom lobby, as Freepers meet new friends and greet old ones.


Governor Huckabee and the band had people dancing all night long!


And more dancin'!


Capitol Offense, 2001 - Will repeat their fantastic performance this January 20th at the FR W2 Ball!


Folks get into the buffet line, between dancing and chatting with Freepers.


AlGore and Bubba know the power of FR.


Hold onto your wallet, Governor. Al and Bubba are always lookin' for $$; though they seem to prefer Chinese ca$h.


Tony Kaye with Governor Huckabee, after the band's sound check.


Blondes having fun.



Name the Freepers...


Basil and Mr. Basil


Bootless


DoughtyOne and Mrs. D1


Requiem for Truth and the Mr.


Ironman.


The bmwcyles.


AGreatPer and family.


Free Republic display board, a favorite site for group photos, in Ballroom lobby.


Doctor Raoul and Jimmy Valentine's brother. Two manly men, masters of disguise and great humor, internationally (in)famous.


LisaFab with her friends, Darrell and Ed.


ELS and standwatie.


LBGA. She is missed.


Another shot of the band.


Governor Huckabee.


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Does anybody else have other pictures from the 2001 Ball that they'd like to share? Please post them here and share your stories, too!

We're preparing for another fun Freeper Ball on Inauguration night 2005, with Governor Huckabee and Capitol Offense doing a repeat performance.

For more information on tickets, dinner, accomodations and more, the Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball (2005) announcement thread is here.

1 posted on 12/08/2004 4:01:06 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: Jim Robinson

Ping!


2 posted on 12/08/2004 4:01:38 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: Angelwood; kristinn; Doctor Raoul; ironman; Jimmy Valentine's brother; ELS; stand watie; ...

Ping!


3 posted on 12/08/2004 4:04:06 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Jim Robinson doesn't look anything like I thought he would from his screen name. : )

Of course, Rush didn't look anything like I thought he would either.

Looks like lots of fun.

How about a Midwest meeting?


4 posted on 12/08/2004 4:04:29 PM PST by KidGlock (W-1)
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To: tgslTakoma

Thanks for the pics-----good looking people having a good time.


5 posted on 12/08/2004 4:06:31 PM PST by Mears
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To: tgslTakoma

Thanks for the post of the photos. We had a great time at the ball in 2001.


6 posted on 12/08/2004 4:10:36 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservatives)
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To: tgslTakoma
Thank you for the memories Beth. Honest, I never knew that picture was taken with my wife and son.

Lots of good memories in all of those pictures.

7 posted on 12/08/2004 4:17:31 PM PST by AGreatPer (See You At The Freeper Ball)
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To: tgslTakoma

It's sad that LBGA won't be there anymore.

She used to be the keeper of the photos, didn't she?

Wonder how her children are doing now...


8 posted on 12/08/2004 4:34:25 PM PST by TaxRelief (Merry Christmas!)
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To: stand watie

Where's the grey hat! ;-)


9 posted on 12/08/2004 4:37:50 PM PST by cyborg ( Hy verkwik my siel; Hy lei my in die spore van geregtigheid, om sy Naam ontwil.)
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To: bootless

10 posted on 12/08/2004 4:44:06 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (We shall overcome)
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To: tgslTakoma

I lost weight and glasses.


11 posted on 12/08/2004 4:47:08 PM PST by bmwcyle (I wear sleepwear therefore I think (When they are off I am single minded))
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To: tgslTakoma; kristinn; NYTexan; Eastbound; Doctor Raoul; brityank; OESY; MyFreedomIHoldDear; ...

Woo hoo! Great pictures from a GRReat Ball!! Sweet memories to treasure for a life time!!


12 posted on 12/08/2004 4:49:57 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: tgslTakoma

bump


13 posted on 12/08/2004 4:57:41 PM PST by Sub-Driver (Unelect All NJ Politicians....)
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To: tgslTakoma

Where's Cool Guy?


14 posted on 12/08/2004 4:59:35 PM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: Jim Robinson; tgslTakoma


15 posted on 12/08/2004 5:00:27 PM PST by ironman
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To: tgslTakoma

Well, I have 2 threads from 2001 that had all the pictures and stories compiled together, but unfortunately, it seems like most of the pictures are gone. Anyway, here they are with some good stories:

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3a7d63cb273d.htm

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3a7d63cb273d.htm


16 posted on 12/08/2004 5:01:44 PM PST by freedom4ever
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To: tgslTakoma

Gah now I need to dig around and find the kid pics from the Ball :) There were a number of young FReepers there too :)


17 posted on 12/08/2004 5:02:10 PM PST by twinzmommy
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To: Jim Robinson

I might still be able to go. I'm just waiting on others to get their schedules straight for a very important event, so I can figure out if I can go. These photos make me want to go.. even more!


18 posted on 12/08/2004 5:02:29 PM PST by Alia
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To: tgslTakoma

Is it my imagination or are all FR women beautiful?


19 posted on 12/08/2004 5:03:17 PM PST by Capriole
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To: tgslTakoma

Bob Barr and Gary Aldrich

Bo and go (go's eyes always look like that after copious amounts of Guinness Extra Stout, to date there is no cure, although the experimentatiom continues)

20 posted on 12/08/2004 5:29:13 PM PST by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: Alia

Great! Hope to see you there!!


21 posted on 12/08/2004 5:34:51 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: tgslTakoma

Longing to go but can't.

I hope somebody prepares a lively can-can dance in pajamas as part of the entertainment.

About fifteen dancers in pajamas and at the end they all throw their bunny slippers into the audience.


22 posted on 12/08/2004 5:36:16 PM PST by squarebarb
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To: tgslTakoma
Gee, I enjoyed these pics.

Some of these people are really good looking. I am especially interested in the fellow 17 pictures down, under the caption about "blondes" having fun or something.

Ahem, just for research purposes understand but he is a good looking guy.

23 posted on 12/08/2004 5:40:01 PM PST by Fishtalk (Once a liberal and victim of all the spin. Ask me to interpret.)
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To: Capriole
"Is it my imagination or are all FR women beautiful?

Nope. They're all beautiful! And, ahem, the men are soooo handsome, swabbie and debonair. LOL

24 posted on 12/08/2004 5:40:03 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: All

I'm gonna have to work fast if I'm gonna meet everyone!


25 posted on 12/08/2004 5:43:50 PM PST by Mr. Buzzcut (metal god)
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To: Jim Robinson

I hope I can make it. I would have to room with another woman. I wish I could bring my daughters... But 15 amd 12 are probably too young for this adult beverage party.

I have always wanted to meet you and your family, as well as all the other wonderful Freepers.


26 posted on 12/08/2004 5:54:34 PM PST by mlmr (Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Chri)
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To: mlmr

Great! Hope you can make it. And I know there are going to be some other girls there about the same age as your daughters. Would be great if you can all make it.


27 posted on 12/08/2004 6:02:12 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

The Duchess and I signed up today. Looking forward to it. If I can't fit into my dress blues, I can always wear my Tux!


28 posted on 12/08/2004 6:27:43 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Pass Tort Reform Now! Make the bottom clean for the catfish!)
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To: Redleg Duke

Sounds great! See you there!!


29 posted on 12/08/2004 6:29:20 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: tgslTakoma

Sigh. I wish so badly we (my hubby, child, and myself) could attend, but we can't afford it. Plus we have no idea how to drive in the ice and snow living in Florida, you know. (LOL) And I do like snow, before anyone thinks I'm bragging.

Someone offer Dubya a toast for me, ok? Sigh.


30 posted on 12/08/2004 6:35:19 PM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I'm sooooooo excited about another ball! Can't wait!


31 posted on 12/08/2004 6:36:24 PM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: mlmr

I think Mr Robinson posted early on (just after the election) that young 'uns are welcome. (I had asked about my 6 year old)


32 posted on 12/08/2004 6:37:36 PM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: tgslTakoma

Darn you! Now I want to go! I can't think of anything more fun than dancing with FReepers and celebrating the election.


33 posted on 12/08/2004 6:38:25 PM PST by sweetliberty (Just because we CAN do something, doesn't mean we should.)
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To: DoughtyOne; Angelwood; kristinn; Exit148; viadexter; kinganamort; pjb819; ironman; Lazamataz
For me, looking back on those photos brings back all the excitement and magic of that evening.

I remember arriving at the hotel in my "work clothes," knowing just a few local Freepers (DC Chapter members), but very quickly feeling like I was with old friends - as we set about putting together the wonderful table decorations (designed by Freeper "viadexter") and hanging FR protest signs along the walls of the ballroom.

As we worked to put it all together, out-of-town Freepers showed up to offer a hand in setting up. I met so many people at that time, I can't remember all their names; but all of them were so friendly and generous to help set up for their own party.

Governor Huckabee and the band arrived, casually dressed, to do a sound-check, and the hard-working set-up folks stopped long enough to break into dancing and applause for the band.

Anticipation was building.

And once everything was ready, we all hurriedly changed into our party clothes and took our places...

And Freepers started arriving, and then more, and more... and still more, until the ballroom was full, the ballroom lobby was full, the stairway was full, hallways were full, the "overflow room" was full. Freepers were smiling and laughing with one another as they met the people who belonged to the screen names they knew.

We listened as Bob Barr and Gary Aldrich and Larry Klayman (and who am I forgetting??) spoke about the good work that us "regular folk" at FR have done; and that the long nightmare of the Clinton administration was now ended.

And we watched the video presentation that Ironman and Lazamataz put together. We laughed, we cried. We thanked God that Al Gore wasn't the one inaugurated earlier in the day. We were all on a cloud!

After all the speeches and awards, Governor Huckabee and Capitol Offense took the stage and started rockin' the house. The dance floor couldn't hold everyone who wanted to dance. The whole ballroom became the dance floor!

I spent most of the evening working at the button/souvenir table, but I slipped into the ballroom numerous times. And before anyone feels sorry for me, I had a blast doing what I was doing, because I got to see everyone; and met so many Freepers as they picked up their favorite buttons and things. Throughout the entire evening more people arrived and joined in on the most fun and rockin'est party in town! Angelwood said that the hotel gave up counting attendees at 1100, and still more arrived.

And then the ball ended, but so many of us weren't ready for our celebration to end - so we went to the hotel bar until it closed!

Our magical night was winding down as we wandered into the lobby and said our goodbyes, thank-yous, and great-to-meet-yous to our now old and fast friends; and as we wandered over to the front doors we saw that the city was being blanketed with a clean white layer of snow.

It was a beautiful night. And for most all of us, it was the beginning of something very special.

34 posted on 12/08/2004 6:43:59 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: stand watie

Stand, honey, you look wonderful in your uniform!

Free Dixie!

Cy


35 posted on 12/08/2004 6:46:52 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Children don't need counting, because whatever number you have, you never have enough.")
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To: tgslTakoma

Thanks for the nice reflections on the 2001 Inaugural Ball. Sandy and I enjoyed the evening very much. I'm sure the 2005 version is going to be every bit as grand and enjoyable.

To everyone going, have a great time.


36 posted on 12/08/2004 6:53:03 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservatives)
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To: tgslTakoma

Wonderful photos! Thanks for posting them.


37 posted on 12/08/2004 6:53:25 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: DoughtyOne

We'll miss you guys.


38 posted on 12/08/2004 7:11:07 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: Ligeia
Did you see this thread? Freepers are donating to sponsor tickets for wounded military members. Kristinn has already made contact with Walter Reed about this great idea, and will also be checking with Bethesda Naval, too.
39 posted on 12/08/2004 7:17:13 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Thanks for such a great recap of a fantastic Ball!


40 posted on 12/08/2004 7:23:06 PM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's Vast Rt Wg Conspiracy))
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To: Jim Robinson
What a great thread... I didn't realize these pics still existed anywhere. Thank you for the ping!

The FR Ball 2001 was sooooo much fun... I've GOT to ping my list here. ;-)

41 posted on 12/08/2004 7:46:11 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
This ping is especially for FReepers who may be still deciding on whether or not to attend the FR W2 Inaugural Ball. We were there in 2001 and had WAY too much fun! Can't wait until Jan. 20, 2005! ;-)

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

42 posted on 12/08/2004 7:48:30 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: tgslTakoma

Fabulous thread! Thank you. :-)


43 posted on 12/08/2004 7:49:15 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: nutmeg

Great pics, thanks.


44 posted on 12/08/2004 7:55:19 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: TaxRelief; Huber; doug from upland; Mia T; ALOHA RONNIE; jwalsh07; LisaFab; abner; ...

ping!


45 posted on 12/08/2004 8:00:23 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: CounterCounterCulture; tgslTakoma

Hee-eey! I still have the hat - gonna bring it. Will lose the glasses, tho. :-)

How nice to see everyone, and yes, LBGA is missed terribly. What a nice lady.


46 posted on 12/08/2004 8:13:26 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: nutmeg

Hey nutmeg, are you and the mister planning to attend? I'll be there (God willing!), as will flyboy.


47 posted on 12/08/2004 8:19:00 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: TaxRelief

For us new members, what happed to LBGA? And everyone looked great in their PJ's. ;)


48 posted on 12/08/2004 8:25:47 PM PST by queenkathy (Queen of Everything ( and more))
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To: bootless
Hey nutmeg, are you and the mister planning to attend? I'll be there (God willing!), as will flyboy.

Yep, we'll be there! Can't believe it's been four years since we've seen you. Hope we find one another in the crowd of FReepers. Who is "flyboy"?

49 posted on 12/08/2004 8:39:22 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: nutmeg

Yay! I have a funny dancing story for you, btw. I ended up doing a transcription job for a local woman who's a national ballroom judge (and teacher). Looking on the website for the association she works with, I saw three or four people I used to teach with (and one I worked for) Back in the Day! She was thrilled that I knew the lingo. Are you guys still dancing?

I work with flyboy - he's been a friend since before my son was evenborn, and I learned how to fly in his plane. (Thank you!!)

There's a picture someplace of him videotaping the action (part of his head - tall, mustache and beard) - he actually spent most of the evening taping the events for the video. I think we interviewed you and Zelig, right?


50 posted on 12/08/2004 8:44:59 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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