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Official Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball Reports and Photos Thread (Post 'em Here!)
Saturday, January 22, 2005 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/22/2005 6:55:01 AM PST by kristinn

The Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball was a wonderful, but exhausting time. I'm still wiped out. But, I know folks are waiting for pics and stories. I'll add my observations later, but I wanted to share one thing before I head back to the hotel to see 'Governor' Robinson and his family off.

We received a phone call from the White House yesterday. The Office of Presidential Scheduling called to pass along President Bush's regrets for not being able to attend our ball (we had mailed a formal invitation to him and his family.) We were told, "He hopes it went well."

As it turns out, the ball went really well after a late start.

Governor Huckabee and Capitol Offense rocked the house well past midnight. Impressionist Billy Finch did a wonderful job as Ray Charles singing America the Beautiful. Sauropod's video presentaion was stunning. The speeches by the Iraqis were very moving. WMAL's Michael Graham did a great job opening the show. Nick Danger was excellent emceeing the Eagle Awards. The St. John's College High School JROTC were magnificent presenting the colors. Richard Poe was busy all night signing copies of Hillary's Secret War. Seeking the Truth and his wife, Darlie, couldn't take a break--their 0Cents.com merchandise was very popular.

Thanks to all for their hard work making sure the ball went so well. And a special thanks to the active duty service members from Walter Reed and the Pentagon, as well as the veterans, who accepted our invitations as honored guests to the ball.

Please post your reports and photos or links here. I know alot of folks are traveling home, so check back over the next few day as folks check back in on FR.


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EAGLES UP !!!
1 posted on 01/22/2005 6:55:01 AM PST by kristinn
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To: W04Man; RepubMommy; krasdorf; Gigantor

Link 'em if you got 'em!


2 posted on 01/22/2005 6:56:54 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Ahhh, at last. We've been waiting (tapping foot). It may take some time for any Freepers headed into the storm in the NE to be heard from.


3 posted on 01/22/2005 6:58:10 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: kristinn

Bookmark.


4 posted on 01/22/2005 6:59:41 AM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: kristinn

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1325563/posts
Pics from W2 Ball
self ^ | 1/21/2005 | Katie Rasdorf


Posted on 01/21/2005 12:42:15 PM CST by krasdorf

Some great pics here.


6 posted on 01/22/2005 7:01:36 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: kristinn; jimrob

Thanks again for putting on one helluva party!! We had an awesome time and, my guests were impressed with everyone and every thing. My digital camera crapped out on me while there but we brought a back up and will post the pics after we get them back, which will probably be after this storm.


7 posted on 01/22/2005 7:02:36 AM PST by capydick ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." --President Dwight Eisenho)
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To: kristinn; Republicanaut; kb2614
Bump for pictures. Sauropod’s presentation was excellent. We had a wonderful time, the food was great, the drinks were plentiful and we danced the night away! 4 more years!
8 posted on 01/22/2005 7:06:47 AM PST by meowmeow (We are all Buckhead!)
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To: kristinn

Thanks for posting these. I've also been hoping to see photos of the Presidential Ball, Laura's dress, etc. Do you know if any have been posted?


9 posted on 01/22/2005 7:07:02 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: kristinn
Once more, with feeling!

Southbound on the North East Corridor

Mr. & Mrs. Gigantor ready to party in our nation's Capitol!

My buddy BrianNYPD at the portal to the party!

Gigantor & Jim Rob!

A table full of Freepers!

Command Sergeant Major and Gigantor

Lone Star Beer is pretty good stuff!

The Sheik & Gigantor:

BrianNYPD and the Sheik:

Governor Mike Huckabee rocks on bass!

And Hussein was at the game...

The crowd goes wild!

One of the candidates in the Iraq elections!

Kristin & Gigantor - we finally got our name tags - yay!

The crowd are loving it!

The best dressed Ball in D.C.

It's not over yet - Mr. & Mrs. Gigantor get a few last moves in on the dance floor!

At the After-Party:

The perfect ending to a perfect day!

But wait, there's more - waiting at Union Station for our train, who do I bump in to, but, my "Pal" Al!

Here is the picture that says it all: take that Bruce Springsteen!


10 posted on 01/22/2005 7:11:26 AM PST by Gigantor (W2 - Oh yeah!)
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To: kristinn

BellStar @ W2
11 posted on 01/22/2005 7:14:29 AM PST by BellStar ( I am going to the Inauguration after all!)
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To: Gigantor

BTTT for awesome pics!

bookmarked for later viewing


12 posted on 01/22/2005 7:17:31 AM PST by hipaatwo
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To: kristinn

Glad you had a great time. Listened to you guys live during the ball. It sounded wonderful!


13 posted on 01/22/2005 7:18:37 AM PST by hipaatwo
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To: kristinn

BellStar's Daughter and Granddaughter @ W2
14 posted on 01/22/2005 7:21:48 AM PST by BellStar ( I am going to the Inauguration after all!)
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To: kristinn

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1326087/posts
Freeper Gigantor Goes Wild at 2005 Inaugural Ball (lots of pictures)
Gigantor


Posted on 01/22/2005 8:47:13 AM CST by Gigantor


Disable norton or zone alarm to view


15 posted on 01/22/2005 7:22:34 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Gigantor

Hey, is that an Italian flag hanging on the wall??

I sure wish I could be there. I saw W. on TV. What a ceremony. What a speech. God Bless America


16 posted on 01/22/2005 7:24:31 AM PST by fabrizio (W 04 - a huge "Dubya rocks, YEE-HAW " from Italy !!)
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To: EggsAckley

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1325113/posts
Lots of pictures here of the President and Laura.


17 posted on 01/22/2005 7:25:48 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: fabrizio

C-Span is just now replaying the Inaugural. I think Laura Bush is the most beautiful first lady we have ever had. (Her husband is quite good looking as well.)


18 posted on 01/22/2005 7:26:17 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: Gigantor
Here is the proper URL for image that didn't load:

http://www.rfny.us/2005/Gigantor_21.JPG

19 posted on 01/22/2005 7:28:01 AM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: kristinn; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; gitmogrunt; ...
What a great time!

Came down with Dutchy the night before and had dinner with the crew!

Met a few Freepers for the first time, a few the second like Synchro, Basil, Stay True, Glaswegian and his sons and daughter, 3d Joy, Diogenesis, Chicago Lady and her friends, Richard Poe whose book I publically promise to actually buy some day, BufordP, JimRob, JohnRob and family, Nutmeg and Zelig, BillF, Stanz, Pond7, Henery, LeoFL, Peter W. Kessler, Nick Danger, Tammy, Tammy's Mom, Bert, Jenny, KoKo, GOPYouth, twit, Mrs Twit, Basil, Straight Vermonter, GWforBush, HeyLady, roses0508, usflagwaver, firenews

I hope I got that right.

The meal was great.

The next morning, me and Dutchy went to 7th and Pennsylvania to wait in line, was told we were too early for entry, so just hung around a bit, this was about 7:30 or so.

While waiting there, Chris Mathews showed up and I asked him in front of the crowd if he was going to apologize to Michelle Malkin for his abuse of her. I had forgotten Kay Baily Hutchinson's name then, so, I didnt mention her, and totally forgot about John O'Neill and the abuse he gave them, also.

We went up to kristinn's apartment, got the signs and stuff and went downstairs to wait in line, and found ourselves in the midst of 500 to 600 people, almost 50% or more leftists, and 60% of them had their leftist signs.

Something to note: Almost all of their signs were pre-printed professional signs, only about 24% of their signs were hand writen signs from Staples like ours, their signs were clearly bought by some rich millionaire who provided the signs using money gained from his left wing causes and socialist supporters.

I started to chant for president Bush and the leftists went crazy shouting us down. The Republicans in the crowd were intimidated to silence, but not Freepers. I gave it back to them. Unfortunately I did get angry and wasn't as tactful as I wished, but, hey, they needed it.

We arrived at our spot about 11:30 after waiting in line 2 hours through security. Our area was right in front of the street and we had a clear unobstructed view of the parade to follow.

Our numbers were small, the security was awesome, but slow, I am not sure they knew it would be so long a wait for most people, but they might have planned it that way to slow down the crowd.

I called in to a local radio station to let them know the atmosphere and told them of the verbal abuse of the leftists and their profane signs. The local talk show host, Jim Vicevitch was gracious and also well informed as to who these people were and their communist organization as stated on their own website.

We hung out in the cold with occasional Freepers and Freeperettes chasing coffees for people there, and I mistakenly drank Kristinn's Latte! SORRY!

We did get a heads up from the security there that the Parade had started, and I announced that people should get their cameras ready and we all stood expectantly at the ready, cameras pointed to the street!

We did view Bush the Father first, some thought they saw the great stain maker also, we did see many SUV's go by, but then, as jubilantly expected, we saw our President, George W. Bush come by.

His car was a dark colored, heavily tinted vehicle, but we could tell that it was him, we could see a little light on him waving to us and our crowd.

While looking at us, he did see our signs, and one of us noticed that he waved, looked at us, then almost doubled over when reading our signs in laughter, most likely the AMERICAN SECTOR sign in our opinion.

Laura Bush also looked at us, waving, and she looked wonderful, even through the dark tinted glass.

The Ball was great, too, I was saddened to not see the huge turnout we had last time, but the people we met we great, the food was fantastic, and the speakers were top notch. It wa good to see soem Ct Freepers and Freeperettes like the loively and gracious LisaFab who I want to also publically apologize to her for being too busy to say hello politely to, I was in a rush to get my camera or something, I forgot, but it was nice to see her, too!

I wish I remembered their names, but the gentlemen from Iraq were the best part of the show. If not for President Bush, they would not be able to thank us for the democratic elections that will take place for the first time in recorded history in Iraq, and these men were genuinely grateful to President George Bush!

And a good time was had by all!

20 posted on 01/22/2005 7:41:00 AM PST by RaceBannon (((awaiting new tag line)))
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To: kristinn

BTTT!


21 posted on 01/22/2005 7:42:08 AM PST by The Mayor (Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.)
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To: All
And to those of you who brought your children, they were all adorable! All those little ball gowns and suits were delightful and added a nice touch to the festivities. Thanks for bringing them! We were especially impressed with a little girl wearing a black and white gown who was operating her family video camera like a seasoned pro.
22 posted on 01/22/2005 7:46:00 AM PST by meowmeow (We are all Buckhead!)
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To: Gigantor

LOL!

Al Franken!!

I met him at the Ann Coulter debate.


23 posted on 01/22/2005 7:55:29 AM PST by RaceBannon (((awaiting new tag line)))
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To: MEG33

Thanks for the link!


24 posted on 01/22/2005 7:58:06 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: Gigantor

Al Franken smiling on the Free Republic. Did you tell him that he would be featured?

It says something about you and your wife that no matter how many people you meet, you have them smiling. You both must be great people/


25 posted on 01/22/2005 7:59:59 AM PST by sully777 (our descendants will be enslaved by political expediency and expenditure)
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To: Gigantor

Once again, your server is blocking access to the photos you posted.


26 posted on 01/22/2005 8:02:02 AM PST by snopercod ( The broadcast networks are at war with the Bush administration. - powerlineblog.com)
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To: snopercod

It MAY be your firewall that is blocking display of the photos. Try temporarily closing the firewall (Zone Alarm) and you may see the photos.


27 posted on 01/22/2005 8:08:00 AM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: Gigantor
I forgot to mention, I'm using Firefox 1.0. It doesn't seem like that should make a difference, but I get the same "FORBIDDEN" messages as I mentioned on the other thread.

I just tried IE, and got big red "X"s there, too.

28 posted on 01/22/2005 8:09:57 AM PST by snopercod ( The broadcast networks are at war with the Bush administration. - powerlineblog.com)
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To: kristinn

Bump.


29 posted on 01/22/2005 8:12:47 AM PST by TASMANIANRED (Certified cause of Post Traumatic Redhead Syndrome)
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To: snopercod

I had to turn off Norton..someone else, zone alarm, to see.


30 posted on 01/22/2005 8:14:58 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: kristinn

A guy named Navy Doc signed up last night. He was with a medical crew working the parade route.

He was very complimentary about the FReepers he met while working.

Good work kristinn, you are a fine ambassador. Compliments to
the fine people you had manning the stations as well.


31 posted on 01/22/2005 8:15:15 AM PST by TASMANIANRED (Certified cause of Post Traumatic Redhead Syndrome)
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To: MEG33
Thanks. I'm running Zone Alarm, so I'll fiddle with that.

I've never had ZA block a graphic, though...hmmm...

32 posted on 01/22/2005 8:17:31 AM PST by snopercod ( The broadcast networks are at war with the Bush administration. - powerlineblog.com)
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To: jwalsh07; Torie; kristinn
The Freeper Ball was wonderful, we all had a great time. Here is a montage of jwalsh07 and his family at the Ball :-)

Thank You, Kristinn and all.


33 posted on 01/22/2005 8:17:45 AM PST by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: Gigantor

Unfortunately I can't see any of your pictures :-(


34 posted on 01/22/2005 8:21:38 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: kristinn
Kristinn, my family and I really enjoyed the ball. Your program was terrific; it definitely inspired me to get more involved like I was back in the old impeachment days. My eight-year old was soaking up the program like a sponge. The girl who won the falcon award was especially impressive and such a role model.

We had to pry my daughter off of the dance floor sometime before midnight. We made our way to the metro and took it to the end of the redline home. Both our daughters fell asleep on the metro. We took pics with a throw-away camera (including the girls sleeping in their ball gowns on the metro). Will try to scan them in and post them later.

Thank you, thank you for all your hard work in making the ball such a success!
35 posted on 01/22/2005 8:21:51 AM PST by Chick-with-a-brain
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To: MEG33

I had to completely disable Zone Alarm to see gigantor's pictures. Very strange.


36 posted on 01/22/2005 8:22:55 AM PST by snopercod ( The broadcast networks are at war with the Bush administration. - powerlineblog.com)
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To: snopercod

When I turned Norton back on later and came back I could still see them..I am a computer dunce so I have no clue.


37 posted on 01/22/2005 8:25:56 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: deadhead; jwalsh07

Outstanding!!


38 posted on 01/22/2005 8:26:21 AM PST by RaceBannon (((awaiting new tag line)))
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To: kristinn

It was a night to remember kristinn. Our thanks to all the DC Freepers who worked so hard, and everybody who pitched in to make the event happen.


39 posted on 01/22/2005 8:26:47 AM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: kristinn
Congrats to Kristinn and his gang of helpers! Great Job with the Ball. I went to the Constitution Ball first and got to the FR Ball about 9:30 pm. Sorry I didn't get to talk to many of you, I just milled around and took a few pictures. I was able to give the Iraqi Candidate one of my Bush2004 pins for good luck. Here are a couple of my favorite pics:

Kristinn & his two "Vanna Whites"

The "Pajamahadeen" Gang

Here is a link to the rest of my pictures: http://ditch.dns2go.com/FReeRepublicBall/index.htm

40 posted on 01/22/2005 8:31:00 AM PST by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! Now on to other things: http://VirginiaDreamTeam.com)
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To: kristinn; NavyDoc; Defender2; Blue Scourge; armyman; Arrowhead1952; darkwing104; txradioguy; ...

Official Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball Reports
and Photos Thread (Post 'em Here!)


41 posted on 01/22/2005 8:31:00 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!!!!!


42 posted on 01/22/2005 8:32:48 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: RaceBannon; basil; staytrue; 3D-JOY; Diogenesis; chicagolady; Richard Poe; BufordP; jimrob; ...

bump


43 posted on 01/22/2005 8:33:09 AM PST by RaceBannon (((awaiting new tag line)))
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To: W04Man

Terrific pics!


44 posted on 01/22/2005 8:34:08 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: kristinn; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; 3D-JOY; ..

Mega-PING!


45 posted on 01/22/2005 8:34:32 AM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: snopercod
I forgot to mention, I'm using Firefox 1.0.

I'm using Firefox and have no problem getting the pictures.

46 posted on 01/22/2005 8:35:22 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks Tonk and bump!!


47 posted on 01/22/2005 8:36:17 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: W04Man

linky no workee


48 posted on 01/22/2005 8:36:18 AM PST by RaceBannon (((awaiting new tag line)))
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To: Gigantor
I can see your pictures fine, with the exception of one in which I get a red X.(I am using Firefox)

They are fantastic and thank you for sharing.

49 posted on 01/22/2005 8:38:14 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: kristinn; sauropod; All

BTTT Great pictures, looks like a wonderful time! Cheers :)


50 posted on 01/22/2005 8:40:06 AM PST by Libertina
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