An Open Letter

Dear Anti-Bush protester type people:

I realize that you are especially discontented with the outcome of this election, and feel that as a result, you must protest at the inauguration. Democracy thrives on the presence of many voices, so good for you. Dress warmly, and wear layers. But I have one simple request.

Don’t be assholes.

Oh yes, I realize that you have a Constitutionally-protected right to be assholes, but just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD. On Inauguration Day, thousands upon thousands of people will be trying to get to work or otherwise go about their lives. Most of these people didn’t vote for George W. Bush anyway. We will be picking our way through the congestion caused by tighter security, there will likely be bomb-sniffing dogs on the Metro and extra snipers situated around the festivities. Streets will be cordoned off for the parade and accompanying protests. We will experience higher-than-normal levels of commute frustration as traffic, security measures, and tourons will be at their highest level in 4 years. So don’t feel that you have to add to the confusion by trying to block streets that haven’t already been cordoned off for your safety, obstruct people from passing on sidewalks, screaming at passers-by, or otherwise making a nuisance of yourself.

You see, the seat of US national government is also our home. So don’t crap on our couch, okay?


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This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Tiffany Baxendell Bridge is an Internet enthusiast and an incurable smartass. When not heckling the neighborhood political scene on Twitter, she can be found goofing off with her ukulele, Bollywood dancing, or obsessing about cult TV. She is That Woman With the Baby In the Bar.

Tiffany lives in Brookland with her husband Tom, son Charlie, and two high-maintenance cats. Read why Tiffany loves DC.

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