By Punch Pulse Correspondent Lindsey Clark
Where else but from the Canadian Embassy’s beautiful building on Pennsylvania Avenue can oneÂ simultaneously be standing on foreign soil, enjoying Beaver Tails and poutine (that would be french fries with cheese curd and gravy to all of us Americans) AND watching the President of the United States lead the parade from the Capitol to the White House following his swearing-in ceremony?Â Â On Inauguration day,Â Ambassador Gary Doer and Minister of Foreign Affairs John BairdÂ welcomed a large crowdÂ to watch the festivities on multiple large screens around the Embassy’s courtyard andÂ in several viewing rooms inside (for those of us who were a little cold).Â The Tim Horton’s coffee was flowing, as was the Crown Royal and champagne (yes, I know it was 10:30 in the morning, but hey, it was REALLY COLD outside!!), and just in case anyone thought about getting a little rowdy, officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were on hand to keep us in check.
Later in the day, as the Inaugural Parade rolled past the Embassy, the President and FirstÂ LadyÂ were treated to the sight of hundreds of Canadians (and Canadian wanna-be’s like me) cheering and waving – all of us wearing the red and white striped mittens weÂ were givenÂ at the door, complete with a maple leaf on each palm.Â Between the fantastic views of Pennsylvania from the Embassy’s front steps and the incredible hospitality of our neighbours (see what I just did there?Â I spelled it the Canadian way!) to the North, I am fully ready to apply for dual citizenship.Â Just because I drink Diet Coke at 9 am and I like my fries with ketchup doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t make an excellent Candian.Â Eh?
As the Punch Premiere Correspondent, Lindsey covers all things music and theater related. When not writing for Pamela’s Punch, Lindsey has a seriously sweet gig as Executive Assistant at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (www.pcah.gov). Aside from writing and seeing as much live music as possible, you can usually find her on a running trail, in front of a painting, staring at her dog, Lincoln, or hanging out with her big sister and fellow Punch Correspondent Niki Clark. Follow her on twitter @lindseykayclark. Contact Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.