Some are going for their children, some for their parents, others because of a longing to be a part of something greater than themselves.This really isn't about Obama to me. Imagine one of these people telling their kids in 15 years that they attended the inauguration. I suspect the response would be something like this:
"Wait, so you went to Washington, spent hundreds of dollars per night on a hotel room, and stood outside for 8 hours in an 18-degree wind chill 5 blocks from the ceremony, watching it on a giant video screen? And you were 20 rows away from the parade route? And you could have watched the whole thing on TV? What, you didn't even have a ticket when you got there? And you won't let me go to the Jonas Brothers (or whoever) concert this weekend? Whatever!"
Not a great way to impress your kids.