The Speaker and the Boss
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn had pretty good seats for seeing the inauguration of Barack Obama today, but she had a much closer view of another pop culture icon.
Quinn and her party showed up at 8 a.m. and so they got good seats within their section, she said today in a phone interview, but Bruce Springsteen, who was nearby, got there late and had to sit further from the middle.
"Whatever tickets you had, you had," said Quinn. "And if you got there late you had to sit off to the side. Bruce Springsteen got there late so he had to sit off to the side."
Alas, Quinn said she did not get a chance to talk to the Boss.
But she did gush about the experience of being in Washington for the swearing-in.
Its been incredibly exciting to be down here," she said. "Its hard to capture the whole sense of the town this weekend, its just overwhelmed with folks. It was great."
She also gave Obama high marks for his speech: I thought the speech was really terrific. This is a difficult moment to be president of the United States. I thought the president did a wonderful job of delivering a visionary as well as an inspirational speech."