I didn’t plan to spend the morning in my pajama’s but I did. I got sucked into the inauguration coverage and didn’t want to lose sight of the TV. What a historical day, although I believe every inauguration day is historical. What a moving day, even though watching a day with such meaning to our democratic process is always moving. What a great day to be an American, like so many days before and so many days will be in the road ahead.
Despite all of the positive feelings I have about today I have to admit that for a few moments there I felt embarrassed for our country.
Regardless of your political beliefs, on such a beautiful day, is it really appropriate to boo the out-going President of the United States? If change and positive thinking are such an important part of why Barack Obama was elected President are you representing him and yourself in the right manner when you act so disrespectfully?
Shame on those people. Shame on them for acting so childish and tainting a lovely ceremony.
I guess I might think about what life is like in other peoples shoes too often because all I could think was “You may not like the decisions that this man made, but he gave 8 years of his life to this country.” The things he must have had to endure in those 8 years, and all that crowd could do is boo. I know people don’t like George Bush…I don’t like the Mean Grocery Store Lady, but I don’t boo her! All I’m saying is I think it is possible to both disagree with someone, dislike them and still act like an adult toward them. That’s all I’m saying.
What do you think, is it perfectly acceptable to boo in this type of situation? Am I off my rocker and overreacting?
Today is a day to be remembered, I hope that when I look back on today I will remember the wonderful things about today instead of the blatant disrespect demonstrated by people in that crowd.
I would like to remember that America is the land of opportunity, for everyone.
I would like to remember the warm exchange between the Bush’s and the Obama’s at the White House. Further proof that people do not need to agree with each other in order to be civil to each other.
I would like to remember Malia taking pictures of her father giving his first speech as President of the United States. What a sweet, childlike and innocent thing to do. I can’t imagine how proud she is of her dad.
I would like to remember the smiles on the faces in the crowd and the smiles on the faces of the Obama family. What an exciting (and stressful) time it must be for all of them.
I would also like to remember the look of sadness on the faces of the Bushes. Watching them board the helicopter and leaving for the last time was a very moving moment for me. There has been a lot of focus on the changes in store for the Obama family, but it is hard to imagine what it will be like for the Bush’s tomorrow, to wake up and not be in the eye of the storm anymore.
I hope you were able to take the time and enjoy the pomp and circumstance surrounding this day. What would you like to remember about today?