Jan. 20th, 2009

bobcatmoran: (sai smile)
A big "thank you" to the ALB higher-ups for letting us take an extended lunch to watch the inauguration via projector hooked up to someone's computer with an MSNBC feed. I've only had the feeling I'm watching history being made twice before in my life (okay, three times, but in retrospect, the OJ trial wasn't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things). Today was one of those days. Wow. Obama's inherited one heck of a job, but I think he's up to it. I think we're up to it. And I hope he'll be the best dang boss I could ever wish for (technically, I'm part of the executive branch, and since he's now the head of it...yeah). I especially took heart at his line about how

I felt a little sorry for Bush. Yeah, he's been a pretty crappy president, but the boos when he came out and the singing of, "Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye"? Nobody deserves that.

The music was brilliant, Aretha Franklin's hat was brilliant, the speech was brilliant, the poetry...well, maybe it was brilliant, too, but the reading was horrendously stilted and awkward. Free verse works better on the page than read aloud, methinks. I got a kick out of how totally excited Joe Biden seemed to be during his swearing-in and how jubilant Yo-Yo Ma was while he played. I took particular heart at the line in Obama's speech where he said, "We will restore science to its rightful place."

Also, on a completely unrelated note, has anybody been sending me Facebook invites? My Bobcat Moran e-mail address got one, and I'm not quite sure if it's from someone I know from online or if it's just spam.

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