I’m watching the inauguration on tv…all the bigwigs are walking in…and here comes Malia and Sasha. Could those girls possibly be any cuter?
Every time they show a shot of the sea of humanity on the Mall I am just overwhelmed.
I’ve never had a sense of living through anything so momentous before.*
Yay for us! The Bush years are over!
*except the election, of course. Well, and 9/11. But that was a very different sense of momentous.
UPDATE: Feinstein just gave her speech and tears are rolling down my cheeks. That line about the dream begun at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial finally reaching the walls of the White House…(I’m paraphrasing from memory, but it was very powerful.)
UPDATE: I really wish now I had gone to downtown Philly to watch the inauguration with the crowd on Constitution Mall or at the Kimmel Center. I really would like to be with a big ol’ mess of my fellow citizens.
The musical piece by John Williams was beautiful.
Is it just me, or did it seem like Chief Justice Roberts really didn’t enjoy his swearing in duty? I won’t go so far as to say he tried on purpose to make Obama trip up on the words…okay, probably he just messed up. It happens.
Forgot to mention that I absolutely loved Aretha’s rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (which is already up on YouTube, if you can believe it.) When she started singing it really hit me that this inauguration was not like any other before it. Her interpretation of that song was so poignant and ebullient at the same time. I don’t know quite how to describe this, but hearing her sing that made me hear, if you will, how much the voices of African Americans have been missing from the central public discourse all my life, and anticipate how wonderful it might be to have a much broader and more inclusive conversation going on over the next four years.
Over the past few days and today, listening to various people who were involved in the civil rights struggles talk about what this day means to them – it just feels like a privilege to have them share their thoughts and feelings with us all in this way. My heart is very full.
UPDATE: Soooooooo totally not sad to see GW fly away. Take off, already, helicopter!
UPDATE: The parsing of the inaugural speech has begun. Did you catch the Daily Show last night, with Aasif Mandvi reporting on expectations for the speech? It will make the Gettysburg address seem like a collection of simian grunts; it will make the “I have a dream” speech sound like the “I have a really bad speech” speech, etc. “Tomorrow’s speech, with it’s sweeping themes and majestic rhetoric, will make sweet, sweet love to the English language, and in so doing, will humiliate Homer, and expose Shakespeare as an untalented hack.” It was a hilarious segment, and right on target about the wildly overhyped expectations for what Obama could possibly do with his inaugural speech. By the way, Aasif Mandvi is totally hot. Just sayin’.