DANBURY, Conn. — Uplifting and ebullient were two words that Bob Yamin, an attorney at Yamin & Yamin in Danbury, used to describe his experiences in Washington, D.C., for the festivities surrounding President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Yamin and his wife, Dianne — a probate judge and attorney with Yamin & Yamin — attended both inaugurations for President George W. Bush. But he said Trump's inauguration far exceeded anything he has ever seen and was something that he and his wife will never forget.
Dianne Yamin described the inauguration itself as an experience of a lifetime.
"While I was watching Trump's Inauguration, I felt an overwhelming sense of patriotism and American pride. I felt blessed and honored to be at the Inauguration of a president for my third time. I sensed optimism in those around me and I felt very proud to be an American," Dianne Yamin said.
An exciting part of the inauguration ceremony, according to Bob Yamin, was watching all the dignitaries arrive, which took about 30 minutes.
“They got more and more important they walked through the arch," he said.
He watched a succession of former presidents walk in: Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
"They all went right to the front," Yamin said. "Bush looked like he was cracking jokes. He was laughing and talking to people."
Every time someone arrives, giant screens would show them walking through the whole Capitol, Bob Yamin said.
"When Donald Trump came in, everyone went berserk,” he said.
Once the inauguration was over, the Yamins' feeling of euphoria continued throughout the day and into the evening, when they attended the Freedom Ball, one of about a dozen galas that took place.
“It was amazing, everyone was dressed to the nines, to the nth degree," Bob Yamin recalled. “Everyone was conversing with each other as if they knew each other all their lives."
At the Freedom Ball, the Yamins spent time with state Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24) and his wife, Alesia, and John Downey of Redding, an attorney with the firm Rome McGuigan and his wife, Claudia, among others.
While President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump danced, and then Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen took a spin on the dance floor -- as well as all of Trump’s children — “We kept our cameras running, both stills and video, the whole time,” Yamin said.
Overall, he said he and Dianne will always remember the upbeat mood in D.C.
“There were no protestors anywhere,” he said, adding that both he and Dianne wore their credentials, badge and trump buttons all over town. “No one made a single negative remark to us in three days.
“It was just unbelievable, there were 1,000 more disruptions at both of Bush’s conventions and inaugurals," he said.
Wherever they went, people were extremely nice, he said.
“When we were on the subway and walking around town, people would come up to us, asking if we needed help. When they saw us looking at maps, they asked if we needed directions," he said.
"They would even offer us their seat on the subway and insist we sit down."
Yamin said he met dozens of people from all over the country during his trip.
“We must have picked up about 100 business cards to keep in touch with people," he said.