I know we are not all American here but...

on Jan 19, 2009 @ 02:57 pm

....are you going to be tuning into the US Presidential inauguration?

11 Replies

Ohh yea! on Jan 19, 2009 @ 04:51 pm

Definitely. This Tuesday marks history. Can't wait!

yes ma'am! on Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:43 pm

I agree. I'll be watching!

me too on Jan 20, 2009 @ 12:02 am

I'll be watching. I actually get the day off from work as an extra paid holiday. Since my office is located inside the beltway, work is called off in order to reduce any unnecessary traffic near DC.

I took a vacation day... on Jan 20, 2009 @ 04:59 pm

...off of work and went down to Yonge/Dundas Square to gather with others and watch a great moment in history.

PS on Jan 20, 2009 @ 05:10 pm

What part of the speech did you find the most poignant?

For me I enjoyed parts such as:

"Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity and courage. What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply."

"To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."


I liked this part... on Jan 20, 2009 @ 06:47 pm

"I was told not to swipe the pen," Obama quipped after signing a proclamation of national renewal and reconciliation. (CNN)

I know it's not a pivotal point of the speech, but I think it illustrates that this President might be able to relate and communicate with the people without a pre-written speech. It shows his humorous and, therefore, human side. Other Presidents' (which herein, shall remain nameless) attempts at humor or improvisation often backfired and made him look ridiculous and seemed to alienate him further from the people. Hopefully this little remark is a sign of a man who can hold his own in one of the (if not THE) most important position in the world, and lead a country with dignity, humanity and grace.

I am not American, so I hope I am not way off base here. Please feel free to disagree, correct or argue with me.


Yup! on Jan 21, 2009 @ 07:53 pm

Absolutely, I watched it and in fact, at night watching the news, was in awe that people from around the world, like me, stopped everything and dropped everything to watch Obama take his vows and give his speech.

I wasn't around in the Kennedy age...but as far, I haven't known another president to command such support around the world.

His speech was OK. I think he's had better. Not saying it wasn't good, because I guess you can't really expect any less of his speech writers. But that it wasn't as profound or emotionally gripping as I would have hoped. But he's a great speaker nonetheless and his speech held good content on what his plans were for the future.

Beyond all that...I think there was one feeling (even at my workplace) as we gathered around the TV...Awe and Inspiration.

I think Obama represents so much to the US citizens and even to everyone in the world. It's amazing.

Did anyone else cry? on Jan 21, 2009 @ 08:44 pm

I'm so embarrassed. I cried watching a montage on Oprah. I just think it's about time. Race shouldn't be an issue for any job but's pretty huge that he is the first black president.

loved the song on Jan 21, 2009 @ 08:56 pm

I loved the song composed by John Williams that was played by the duet, including Yo Yo Ma and Perlman. It was beautiful! I also really liked his line ... "The question is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether or not it works."

as for crying ... on Jan 21, 2009 @ 09:00 pm

I never quite cried, but every time they panned the crowd I got all choked up. The energy and emotion and wonderment of the crowd was just amazing. Everyone who was there has hopes and dreams and desires all invested in what Obama can do for the USA and for the world.

I went to the national mall on Monday and witnessed that energy for myself first hand. Truly fantastic :-D

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