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"... we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."
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I actually went in to work today... it's like coming in during the time between Christmas and New Year's, practically a ghost town. monsteralice braved the cold and the crowds, though...

Some impressions:

I can understand why some people booed when Bush was announced, but it was still... irritating. Poor sportsmanship, people.

Senator Feinstein talking about "peaceful transfer of power" was a good touch.

Rick Warren actually wasn't offensive. Hypocritical, maybe, since his inclusiveness in the invocation doesn't jibe with what he and his church actually preach... but still, not as bad as it could have been.

Aretha is still the Queen of Soul! And that hat- a fitting crown for her, I think!

Perlman is looking well, and Yo Yo Ma always seems to be having the time of his life... probably because he is. Nice music, too.

Good work on the address. No punches pulled, determined but not grim. One commentator noted that a lot of the cheers came when he was talking about responsibility and hard work... that's what a leader is for, to get people to work and feel good about it.

Bit of a poetry fail, there. It's a pity... she had some good imagery, but it wasn't presented poetically at all. And her delivery? Ugh.

Rev. Lowry didn't stay in his time limit, but he had a lot of soul. Amen!

I stood for the anthem, but didn't sing along- people at work already think I'm a big freak, besides, I was all choked up.

Best sign: "We HAVE overcome!" Maybe a bit premature, but something to hope for. Also, there was this great shot of a couple of kids doing kind of a country swing dance on the steps of a monument, out of sheer young joy...

Just heard from monsteralice- home safe. She enjoyed herself, despite getting a little lost on the way home. She overheard a man in front of her saying to his friend, "Because of today, I'm not going to call myself African-American any more. I'm going to call myself American!"

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Lady Liberty, Ancestors, Mighty Dead of this land, hear me. Bless our new President, uphold him in his sacred trust and in keeping his holy oath. Guide and work with him and with all of us as we face the challenges ahead. Help us realize our potential and apply our virtues in the cause of peace and dignity, freedom, justice and happiness for all.

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The poetry was just not what I wanted for the occasion and the William Shatner delivery was awful.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I agree about the poor sportsmanship. Follow the president's lead people, so we can work together. And thank monsteralice for me. Her overheard comment made me choke up when I read it. A time of hope and unity indeed:-)

Nice music, too.

They said it was "'Tis A Gift To Be Simple." but I heard "Lord of the Dance."

Edited at 2009-01-20 11:05 pm (UTC)

You, too, huh? Inevitable with me... too many years of the Christmas Revels.

I agree with you on just about every point. I'll be typing up a post detailing my day trip to the Inauguration soon. Suffice to say it was an unbelievable experience.

All I could think of was how cold Perlman's and Ma's hands were. They seemed to do very well though.

Yeah... I suppose you can have to get used to it... Yo Yo Ma probably played in some colder places when he was on the Silk Road tour...

Forget their hands... i'm surprised the cold didn't send their instruments wildly out of tune...

Still, when you develop the godlike musical abilities of a YoYo Ma or Itzhak Perlman, I suppose the sheer aura of your tonal brilliance provides warmth for the instruments within the range of your augmenting effect.

I, also, have been hearing very heart-warming comments like the
one monsteralice overheard - and not from well-meaning white
people, but from black ones. Which, to my mind, means that an
actual, meaningful change has taken place.

If this is "really for real", then I actually have to say (& remember,
you heard it hear first, folks!): "It might actually BE better that
Obama won than Hillary!"

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