Tim and Mike at Barack Obama's Inauguration
Two of Guyana's very own attended Barack Obama's Inauguration. Timothy Birner worked for the State Department in Guyana from 2003 to 2005, and Mike Geurink was a PCV from 2004 to 2006. Many PCV's who served from 2003 to 2005 knew Tim as the man who hosted the parties, partook in numerous Peace Corps events, and provided transportation for those in need. Tim was at so many Peace Corps get togethers that often he was mistaken for a PCV. He was our honorary PCV who participated in any cultural activity that provided a chance for us to get together.
In fact, there were many Guyana RPCV's in attendance. The mass of people made logistics next to impossible, so it was best to go with who was standing next to you. Whether that was a person you knew or not, you just had to go with it. Tim and I stuck together for the whole day and froze together. It was such a great day for all of America that words cannot justify it. From the great campaign to election night, and to finally, the Inauguration. A culminating event that many couldn't wait to occur. It was a great experience to be a part of history and to witness the peaceful process of transitioning to a new leader. Not a single person was arrested on January 20th. That is amazing to me. Two million people in one spot and not a single disturbance. No protests, no drunken violence, no police brutality, just happy individuals who wanted to be part of something special.
A great event that millions witnessed all over the world!