I took some time today to be a tourist in DC. I visited the Washington version of the “Big Dig,” the recently-opened Capitol Visitors Center. Years and hundreds of millions of dollars overdue, it turned out to be a great addition to the DC tourist circuit. In fact, I had to stand in line outside for over 20 minutes just to get in. And for a long-time DC area resident, I got to see some new views of the Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress – the entrance to the Visitors Center is below ground so the approach offered some new, dramatic angles. Next time I’m taking a camera!
I also took some time to walk around the other side of the Capitol to see the ongoing construction of the platform for the Inauguration. That’s likely the closest I’ll ever get to the real thing!
Meanwhile, the media is counting down the time. With three weeks until the inauguration, MSNBC’s story, Crises Mount for Obama Transition Team, catalogues the challenges facing the incoming Obama Administration. What else could fall apart in the next three weeks!?