Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On This Day in History

"Sha-na-na na, Sha-na-na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!"
Bye-bye, 43 - you won't be missed! I thought it was heartwarming to see the President and Mrs. Obama, as well as the Vice President and Dr. Biden, watching George W and Laura as they exited stage right. It's like the ending of the dark times in America and the beginning of a new light.

You can read a transcript of President Obama's inspirational inaugural speech here.

I thought the most inspirational quote from the speech was:
“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

The tear-jerker moment of the day - watching little Sasha and Malia Obama on stage with their parents. Priceless.

The most embarrassing moment of the day - when Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed up the 35-word oath of office, which in turn flubbed up the new President.

The most memorial moment of the day - watching the huge throng of people on the National Mall. Even though I was at home on my couch, I could feel the excitement.

The weirdest moment of the day - seeing Dick Cheney being wheeled out of the White House in a wheelchair. They say pay back's a bitch!

The most "southern" moment of the day - when Michelle Obama presented the First Lady with a gift upon their arrival at the White House. Classic.

And the funniest quote of the day came courtsey of Rev. Joseph Lowery during the Benediction:

"...We ask you to help us work for that day,
When Black will not be asked to get back,
When Brown can stick around,
When Yellow will be mellow,
When the Red man can get ahead man,
And when White will embrace what is right."


hls1209 said...

Wow, hopefully your comments won't be villified here like they were @ BGM! You should read the comments on there now.......people are now delusional enough to write that Bush was a great president. *gasp*

Julia Smith said...

'When the Red man can get ahead man.'

About 15 people from my office watched the inauguration - not the whole thing, just the swearing-in - in the trading room on the TV screen which is normally showing stock market stuff, and when he started this part, we were all in hysterics.